Building for the Future: Saudi Arabia Plans to Invest Billions in Russia

© AP Photo / Mikhail KlimentyevRussian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Defense Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the Konstantin Palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Defense Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the Konstantin Palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia - Sputnik International
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Saudi Arabia, usually considered a close ally of the US, plans to invest ten billion US dollars in Russia in the coming years. The agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia is a sensitive geopolitical setback for the United States, DWN wrote.

Saudi Arabia and Russia are expanding their economic cooperation. The Saudis have signed a statement of intent, according to which they will invest ten billion dollars in Russia over the next five years, the newspaper reported.

View from Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. - Sputnik International
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The focus of the investment projects lies in the fields of infrastructure and agriculture, as well as medicine, logistics, trade and real estate.

The money will be provided by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) and will be distributed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to corresponding projects.

The Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud proposed the deal during a personal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Economic Forum in St. Petersburg in June, RDIF’s head Kirill Dmitriev said.

This is the biggest commitment of a foreign investor since the establishment of the Fund, he added.

The deal has surprised international experts as Saudi Arabia and Russia are direct competitors in the highly competitive oil market.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia is a close ally of the United States. Taking into account the recently extended sanctions against Russia, the US is likely to watch the deal with suspicion, DWN wrote.

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