The head of the Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is coming to Moscow for an official visit on Sunday, October 11, the Kommersant newspaper reports citing a source at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia. According to the newspaper, the prince is scheduled to meet Russian President Putin in Sochi, where he will also attend Russia's Formula 1 Grand Prix race. This will be Mohammed Bin Salman's second visit to Russia this year, Pravda.Ru reports.
The visit of the Saudi official to Moscow against the backdrop of Russia's anti-terrorist operation in Syria, which Saudi Arabia remains vehemently opposed to, may indicate Riyadh's willingness to compromise with Moscow. Saudi Arabia hopes to change Moscow's attitude towards the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, promising strategic partnership and multi-billion-dollar projects.
Noteworthy, Saudi Arabia remains one of the most ardent opponents to Bashar al-Assad.
Earlier, Saudi Minister for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir announced the existence of only two solutions to the Syrian conflict. It is not ruled out, though, that Saudi Arabia may mitigate its stance on Syria and improve ties with the Russian Federation, experts believe.
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