Putin to discuss energy cooperation with S. Arabian crown prince in St. Petersburg - aide

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with the Saudi Arabian Defense Minister, crown prince Muhammad bin Salman, as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), presidential aide Yuri Ushakov has said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with the Saudi Arabian Defense Minister, crown prince Muhammad bin Salman, as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), presidential aide Yuri Ushakov has said.

"The parties will discuss bilateral cooperation, including in the energy sphere," Ushakov told a briefing on Wednesday.

The Russian side counts that this meeting will give "a real, practical impetus to the cooperation of the two countries in the economic sphere," he said.

Co-chairmen of the Russian-Saudi Arabian intergovernmental commission will meet on the SPIEF sidelines as well, he said. "A package of bilateral agreements is expected to be signed," Ushakov said.

The meeting that will take place on June 18 will also address the situation in the Middle East and the fight against Islamic State, he said.

"I can suggest that issues related to the situation in the Middle East, in Yemen, again Syria, the fight against IS and so on will be discussed," Ushakov said.

He did not answer a question on whether the issue of oil prices will be touched upon at the meeting.

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