Russian President Vladimir Putin landed at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Monday, to begin his first official visit to the kingdom in 12 years.

During his one-day visit the Russian leader is to hold talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and also to attend the first ever Russian-Saudi Economic Council.

Putin is to continue his Middle East state call with a visit to the United Arab Emirates on October 15.

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