Russian strongman pours tea for Saudi king

Putin and Salman also discussed the conflict in Syria, where they support opposing sides.

Saudi King Salman is now in Russian Federation as part of a state visit, the first to Moscow by a reigning Saudi monarch.

Ties between the two countries were often strained in the past.

He said that the visit of King Salman will give a great impetus to the common relations.

The agreement was announced on Thursday as Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted King Salman for talks at the Kremlin.

Other factors also weighed on oil prices, including the return to production of Libya's Sharara oilfield on Wednesday after an armed brigade forced a two-day shutdown.

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia are both important players in the ongoing conflict, and thus their diplomatic efforts could ease tensions in the region and create a basis for the resolution of other crises in the Middle East, like those in Yemen and Iraq. The agreements reached between the two countries are spread into cooperation in the military and technical spheres, energy and investment. Riyadh had previously been opposed to the plan because of Iran's role.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said agreements came in the fields of "energy - not only traditional but also nuclear power - and also in cooperation in space exploration (and) agroindustry and infrastructure projects". Saudi Arabia is backing rebel groups in Syria.

Saudi King Salman is in Moscow with a delegation that includes domestic military and oil experts.

Moscow - Saudi Arabia hopes to reach an agreement with Russian Federation on what to do when a global oil output deal expires in March, before an OPEC meeting in November, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said in Moscow on Friday.

"The partnership with one of Saudi Arabia's biggest petrochemical companies will allow Sibur to develop its expertise and sales areas and to study ...the Middle East market", Sibur Chairman Dmitry Konov said.

King Salman has become the first sitting Saudi monarch to visit Russian Federation.

King Salman and Putin are expected to discuss major defence and energy contracts, as well as extending oil production cuts ahead of the OPEC oil cartel meeting in November.

He said Russian Federation advocates constructive, predictable and mutually beneficial cooperation based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, respect of national interests and non-interference in each other's internal affairs.

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