Russian President Vladimir Putin was welcomed to Saudi Arabia by King Salman, Monday, October 14, as Putin seeks to cement Moscow’s political and energy ties across the Middle East.

READ MORE: Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday, meeting with the oil-rich nation's king and crown prince.

Putin received all the trappings of a state visit, with a mounted guard escorting his limousine to King Salman's Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh on his first visit to the kingdom since 2007.


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