Putin discusses military technology cooperation with Saudi king

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, discussed the possibility of cooperating in the area of military technology, and intend to continue dialog, said Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

When asked about the possibility of selling Russian S-400 aerial defense systems to Saudi Arabia, Peskov said that it is too early to say, but the two countries do have plans to develop their cooperation in military technology.

During the talks, the Russian leader and the Saudi monarch also touched on the oil price and the situation in the global energy market. Peskov said that the dialog between Moscow and Riyadh on the regulation of the energy carriers market has confirmed its effectiveness and will continue in future.

According to the Kremlin’s official website, the Russian president and the Saudi king also discussed the situation in the Persian Gulf, Syria, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. They also considered possible ways to grow their cooperation in a number of areas of bilateral relations.

On October 14, Putin made his first official visit to Saudi Arabia since 2007, his second visit to the kingdom. There he met with the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and attended the first session of the Russian-Saudi Economic Council. As part of an investment consortium in Riyadh, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, and the German financial group KGAL agreed to create the Roal aircraft leasing company in Russia, with more than $600 million in expected investments.

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