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Russia: Putin seeks geopolitical and economic gains in Saudi Arabia and UAE

President Vladimir Putin has been attempting to take advantage of the lack of clarity in United States policy towards the Gulf region, while also building bilateral relations, with a brief tour to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. The Russian leader landed in Riyadh on 14 October – his first time in the city since 2007 – and held talks with King Salman Bin Abdelaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), focused on oil and tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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