Putin warmly greets Saudi crown prince at G20 summit

Russian President, Vladimir Putin and Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Russian President, Vladimir Putin and Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Photo Credit: alJazeera)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman exchanged a high-five and laughed heartily together on Friday as they took seats next to each other at a plenary of the Group of 20 summit.

Mr Putin’s friendly behaviour toward the crown prince contrasted sharply with that of other leaders at the Buenos Aires summit.

This was because of suspicions of his possible involvement in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Saudi Arabia has, however, said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder, which has sorely tested the kingdom’s relations with the U.S., other Western nations and Turkey.

Russia has refrained from criticising Saudi Arabia or the crown prince over the killing. Mr Putin said in October he lacked information about the matter and said Russia would not tear up its relations with Saudi Arabia because of it.

However, Moscow has also fostered strong ties with Saudi Arabia’s regional arch foe Iran. Russia and Iran back President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war, while Saudi Arabia along with Western countries have backed some rebel groups.

Mr Putin and Mr Mohammed are due to hold bilateral talks on Saturday, according to Kremlin documents seen by Reuters.

Earlier, Mr Mohammed was sidelined during the official “family photo” of world leaders at Friday’s gathering and was largely ignored.

He then quickly exited the stage without shaking hands or talking with the other leaders.

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries as well as Russia and other leading oil producers will meet in Vienna on December 6 to December 7, to discuss further steps on the oil market as prices have been declining due to oversupply.

Riyadh has suggested OPEC and its allies reduce output by one million barrels per day from January 2019 to stem the price falls. (Reuters/NAN)

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