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Putin seeks to fill void left by US in Middle East with historic Saudi visit

Oct 10, 2019 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia today at the start of a historic visit.

For the first time since the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia is yet again a major player in the Middle East. And although the Saudis remain wary of Mr Putin, Riyadh is also, for the first time, actively seeking closer links with Moscow.

The Soviet Union was the first country in the world to establish diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia but relations were soon severed, ushering in deca...