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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

What the Catalonian independence vote and the Las Vegas massacre have in common - MinnPost

Catalonians holding up ballot sheets outside a polling station for the banned independence referendum in Barcelona on Oct. 1. The mass shooting in Las Vegas, continuing investigation of Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election and the vote in ...and more »

Putin Hosts Saudi King on 'Landmark' Russia Visit - Bloomberg

Russia and Saudi Arabia struck a deal on weapons sales during an historic visit to Moscow by King Salman bin Abdulaziz as the two energy superpowers also consider extending a pact to curb oil supplies. President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin talks on ...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 »

Vladimir Putin Likes Elon Musk's Tesla, Electric Cars—But Would Prefer You Stuck With Gas - Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putin—whose homeland is one of the biggest oil producers in the world—has given a ringing endorsement to electric cars and Elon Musk's Tesla. But the Russian leader still prefers old-fasioned gas. Asked if he would consider ...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 »

Supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny rally across Russia - CBS News

MOSCOW -- Supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny rallied across Russia on Saturday, heeding his call to push authorities to let him enter the presidential race. The wave of demonstrations on the 65th birthday of President Vladimir Putin comes ...and more »