Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answer to a question from Channel One following President Vladimir Putin’s state visit to Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, October 14, 2019
Question: Ahead of the visit, it was called historic. Did it justify the description?
Sergey Lavrov: The visit is historic in the sense that it is taking place for the first time during President Putin’s second term and reflects a qualitatively new level of our relations compared with his visit in 2007 and even compared with last year’s visit to the Russian Federation by His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
During today’s talks with the King and the Crown Prince, we stated that our relations were developing progressively in all areas, including trade, the economy, investment (I want to highlight this area), the military-technical sphere and in the area of foreign policy coordination.
President Vladimir Putin gave an extensive interview before his visit to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in which he indicated how important it was for us to cooperate with these leading Gulf states and the Middle East in general.
The visit fully justified what the President had said in that interview.