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Unlikely allies: Oil brings Saudi king to Moscow - CNNMoney

For years, the world's biggest oil producers have clashed over Middle East politics and battled for energy market share. But their desperate need to rescue oil prices brought them together last year and that partnership was the focus of talks Thursday ...and more »

Saudis Kick Off Historic Moscow Visit With Plans to Buy S-400 Air Defense System - The Drive

Amid reported arms deals, the first ever visit by a Saudi King to the Kremlin could signal a shift away from the US. By Joseph TrevithickOctober 5, 2017. The War Zone · Air Defense · Arms sales · IADS · Iran · russia · S-400 · SAMs · Saudi Arabia ...and more »

Russia's New 'Useful Idiots'? - EurasiaNet

There are echoes of Soviet times in the way Russia has been courting far-right activists in the West. A new book looks at how and why it does it. Remember Richard Spencer, the U.S. white supremacist whose “alt-right” followers celebrated Donald Trump's ...and more »

Saudi King, in Russia, Seeks Warmer Ties With a Longtime Foe - New York Times

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia warmly welcomed King Salman of Saudi Arabia under the gleaming chandeliers of the Kremlin on Thursday, signaling a rapprochement between two longtime rivals who have faced off in some of the world's ...and more »

Russia, Saudi Arabia cement new friendship with king's visit - Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Saudi Arabia's King Salman for talks at the Kremlin on Thursday, cementing a relationship that is pivotal for world oil prices and could decide the outcome of the conflict in Syria. Russian ...and more »

Putin Welcomes Saudi Arabia Into His Middle East Sphere of Influence - TIME

Saudi Arabia's King Salman arrived in Moscow on Wednesday in the first-ever official visit by a Saudi monarch to Russia, in a mission that signals an expanding Russian role in the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East as the Syrian civil war ...and more »

Putin hosts Saudi King, signaling development of an unlikely friendship - Christian Science Monitor

October 5, 2017 Moscow—Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Thursday opened talks in the first official visit of a Saudi monarch to Russia that's expected to focus on oil and the war in Syria. At the Kremlin's opulent St.and more »

'Putin, go away': Protesters rally across Russia on president's 65th birthday - Chicago Tribune

In a challenge to President Vladimir Putin on his 65th birthday, protesters rallied across Russia on Saturday, heeding opposition leader Alexei Navalny's call to pressure authorities into letting him enter the presidential race. Police allowed ...and more »

Russia Sells Military Weapons to Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Both Former Foes in Syria - Newsweek

Russia is set to close major arms deals with two nations, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, once vehemently opposed to Moscow's presence in the Middle East. In a historic visit to Moscow, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met with Russian ...and more »

In Moscow, Expert Opinions Vary on New US Envoy - Voice of America

Europe-based Russia experts are receiving news of Jon Huntsman's ambassadorship with a mix of skepticism and eager anticipation that strained ties between Washington and Moscow could improve during his tenure. The new U.S. ambassador to Russia ...and more »