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Putin discussed with the Saudi prince the release of mercenaries captured in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, September 22, had a telephone conversation with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. During the conversation, Vladimir Putin congratulated the Saudi prince on the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of the kingdom in Saudi Arabia, and then the parties discussed a number of issues on the international and bilateral agenda, the Kremlin’s press service said.

During the conversation, the parties expressed satisfaction with the transfer to Saudi Arabia of foreign citizens who illegally participated in hostilities in the Donbass and were captured. As noted in the Kremlin, this transfer took place with the personal mediation of the Saudi Crown Prince, reports RIA News.

Along with this, the Russian and Saudi leaders talked about coordinating actions to ensure stability in the global oil market. Both sides highly appreciated the efforts within the framework of OPEC +, and also confirmed their intention to continue to adhere to the agreements reached.

Putin and Mohammed bin Salman discussed cooperation through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including its decision to grant the kingdom the status of a dialogue partner. Mohammed bin Salman noted the important role of the SCO in international affairs and confirmed his readiness to actively participate in the work of the organization.

The politicians also discussed trade and economic ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia, noting the high pace of their development, as well as the growth of mutual trade.

Previously it was reported that through the mediation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Russia released 10 foreign mercenaries captured during a special operation in Ukraine. According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry, the released prisoners are citizens of the United States, Great Britain, Croatia, Morocco and Sweden.

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