26 Jun 2019 18:30

Putin to discuss preparations for visit to Riyadh with Saudi crown prince on June 29 - Ushakov

MOSCOW. June 26 (Interfax) - Preparations for Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Riyadh will be a key subject of his conversation with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said.

"The agenda of the meeting with bin Salman includes many key issues, but certainly the main among them is preparations for the president's visit to Riyadh planned for October," Ushakov told journalists on Wednesday.

Putin and bin Salman will discuss priorities of Saudi Arabia's presidency of G20 in 2020, Ushakov said. The next G20 summit will take place in Riyadh on November 21-22, 2020, he said.

Asked whether Putin and bin Salman will discuss the future of the OPEC+ agreement, Ushakov said: "It seems to me that energy aspects will be addressed."

Moscow's and Riyadh's efficient joint work within the OPEC+ format has made a substantial contribution to stabilizing the global hydrocarbon market, he said.

The Russian president and the Saudi crown prince are additionally expected "to exchange opinions on relevant international matters, with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa," he said.

"Russia and Saudi Arabia show solidarity in championing the settlement of the crises existing in this region via political methods, based on an inclusive national dialogue, and in line with international law and the UN Charter," Ushakov said.

The Russian-Saudi relations "are developing consistently in a friendly and constructive manner and serve as an important factor of security in the Middle East," he said.

Moscow and Riyadh coordinate their efforts on key international and regional matters, including within international formats, he said.

Putin and bin Salman met last time at a G20 summit in Buenos Aires in December 2018.