Putin Discusses “Joint Projects” with Saudi Crown Prince
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According to the Kremlin readout of the call, the two leaders paid particular attention to “measures to further build up trade and economic ties, the implementation of promising joint projects in the field of investment, transport logistics, and energy.”
They discussed in detail the topic of “ensuring stability in the world energy market” and agreed on the high level of cooperation within OPEC+, as well as the agreements reached at the recent ministerial meeting in Riyadh, the statement added.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov was at the meeting in Riyadh, and on Wednesday met with Rayed Krimly, director of policy planning at the Saudi Foreign Ministry. They discussed regional and international security, “with a particular emphasis on the problem of the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.
On Tuesday, MBS hosted the US secretary of state in Jeddah. It was Blinken’s first visit to the kingdom since China helped Saudi Arabia and Iran normalize relations in March.
The State Department said the meeting lasted about 100 minutes and touched on the conflicts in Sudan and Yemen, the potential normalization of relations with the “Israeli” entity, and human rights in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government acknowledged the meeting but gave no specifics.
On Monday, MB hosted President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, a fellow OPEC member whom the US has tried to oust from power through sanctions and a coup.
Relations between Riyadh and Washington have cooled since 2018, when the US accused MBS of ordering the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The 37-year-old crown prince manages the day-to-day affairs of the kingdom for his father, King Salman, who is 87.