June 10, 2019 / 9:23 AM / 4 months ago

Russia's Putin to visit Saudi Arabia in October, says Falih

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia June 7, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia, a traditional U.S. ally in the Middle East, in October this year, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday.

Falih, who was in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, said Saudi companies were considering taking part in a methanol plant project in Russia’s east, the Interfax news agency reported.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Katya Golubkova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Maria Kiselyova

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