Russia and Saudi Arabia hailed their growing partnership in oil markets and dialogue on Syria Tuesday, in a departure from past hostilities between the top global producers and major players in the Middle East.
Russian President Vladimir Putin heaped praise on Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who looks after the kingdom’s defense and energy, as he welcomed the possible future king to the Kremlin.
It was the second meeting between the two men over the past year following a breakthrough meeting in China.
Russia’s military campaign in Syria to support President Bashar Assad in the past two years has effectively pitted the Kremlin in a direct military confrontation with Saudi Arabia as the kingdom has long fought for Assad’s removal.
“We support political contacts, contacts between defense ministries. We work together on sorting out difficult situations, including in Syria,” Putin said.