Russia: Putin hosts Salman to talk about oil, Syria

Source: Washington Post

“Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for talks in Moscow on Thursday in the first official visit of a Saudi monarch to Russia that was expected to focus on oil and the war in Syria. At the Kremlin’s opulent St. Andrew’s Hall, Putin in televised remarks hailed the king’s visit as a ‘landmark’ event. Salman in his reply called Russia a ‘friendly nation’ and said his country is committed to strengthen ties ‘in the interests of peace and security.’ Relations between the two countries have often been strained. During Cold War times, the Saudis helped arm Afghan rebels fighting against the Soviet invasion.” (10/05/17)