Putin says no reliable information about who attacked Saudi oil plants

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Saudi and Russian chief executives kick off on Monday a business forum to discuss means of enhancing future partnership in energy and industry, in addition to sustainable partnership in agriculture and food security strategies. He also touted Russia's strong ties with many US allies, saying he can't see why Russian Federation and the USA wouldn't establish a closer partnership. Putin recently announced that he intends to visit another US ally, Israel, early next year.

"As far as Russian Federation is concerned, we will do everything possible to create the necessary conditions for a positive dynamic", Putin said in the interview broadcast Sunday.

These tensions spiked last month after the attacks on Saudi oil facilities that halved the kingdom's crude output and set oil markets alight.

He added: "For the defence of one's country, we are ready to provide help to Saudi Arabia".

Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending troops to Syria, where it and Iran have been key backers of President Bashar al-Assad amid civil war, while the United States pulled back.

Russian Federation and Iran are allied with the regime of Bashar al-Assad, while the Saudis support the opposition.

The sale never materialised, however, as Saudi Arabia eventually opted to purchase a United States system.

According to Qahtani, the Saudi-Russian economic relationship has a strong base, in the form of business and investment agreements executed by the Saudi-Russian Joint Committee and the Saudi-Russian Business Council.

The S-400 system is considered one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, but most US allies have avoided purchasing it for fear of angering Washington. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, also in attendance at the event, was shown smiling after the remark. Its economy has suffered greatly under sanctions, and it has suffered a number of humiliating military setbacks in recent years; even its vaunted S-400 system remains untested in real life.

In an interview with Arabic-language television channels ahead of his visit, Putin praised his good relations with the Saudi royals.

"We know, we all know what and how the President of the United States, Mr. Trump, says about Russian-American relations", stated Putin.

"What you can do is maintain a friendly conversation with them and present some ideas from a friend's perspective", Putin said.

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