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Saudi Arabia and Russia Negotiate From Opposite Sides of the Table

Oct 5, 2017 | 21:45 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Saudi King Salman at the Kremlin in Moscow on Oct. 5, 2017. Saudi Arabia and Russia aren't on the friendliest of terms, but circumstances have aligned in such a way that each needs the other.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Saudi King Salman at the Kremlin in Moscow on Oct. 5, 2017. Saudi Arabia and Russia aren't on the friendliest of terms, but circumstances have aligned in such a way that each needs the other.

(ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi King Salman just made history as the first-ever Saudi king to visit Russia. Saudi Arabia and Russia aren't on the friendliest of terms, but circumstances have aligned in such a way that each needs the other. King Salman will spend four days in Moscow, meeting with high-ranking Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, mainly on energy and the economy. But the two sides will also try to find common ground on other more contentious issues, including Russia's involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts and Saudi Arabia's ties to Muslim regions in Russia....

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