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Russian President Vladimir Putin presents a gift made of mammoth tusk to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov looks on in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 14, 2019. Image Credit: Reuters

Riyadh: Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, and the visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin held official talks in Riyadh on Monday.

The Russian president is on a Middle East tour that will also see him visit the UAE on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh on October 14, 2019. Image Credit: SPA

According to Saudi Press Agency, Prince Mohammed and President Putin reviewed aspects of Saudi-Russian relations, domains of bilateral cooperation between the two friendly countries, explored more promising opportunities in the two countries in all fields, including cooperation in energy and investment in the infrastructure, in addition to cooperation to stabilise energy markets and strike balance between the interests of the consumers as well as the producers.

They also tackled a number of latest developments, especially the situation in Syria and Yemen, and the significance of combating extremism and terrorism and working towards drying up their source

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Saudi Arabia, Russia sign key agreements

Saudi Arabia and Russia signed key agreements in different sectors during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the signing ceremony on Monday, Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud highlighted that the two countries had started a new phase of cooperation and integration aimed at achieving prosperity and progress for both sides, Xinhua news agency reported.

"In the Saudi-Russian Joint Committee, we are working together to harmonize ... objectives of the Kingdom Vision 2030 with ... objectives of the strategic development plans of Russia, and as a result, the Saudi-Russian high-level strategic cooperation agreements are to be exchanged here today," he said.

"We aim, through the agreements, to develop many economic and development fields ... and strengthen trade relations," he added.