Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, pool)
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Russia and Saudi Arabia hailed their growing partnership in oil markets and dialogue on Syria Tuesday, in a departure from past hostilities between the top global producers and major players in the Middle East.It was the second meeting between the two men over the past year following a breakthrough meeting in China, where Putin and Mohammad showed the first signs the world's two biggest oil exporters could clinch a deal to prop up oil prices.Russia's military campaign in Syria to support President Bashar Assad in the past two years has effectively pitted the Kremlin in a direct military confrontation with Saudi Arabia as the kingdom has long fought for Assad's removal.
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