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VIDEO: Putin jokes with Saudi Crown Prince during Moscow meeting

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, hours before their countries’ opening World Cup match of the World Cup in Moscow.

At the meeting, the Russian president stressed the strong relationship between Saudi Arabia and Russia. “You know our warm feelings for you, but I hope you understand that I cannot hope for success for your team today and may the best team win,” Putin told Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In response, the Saudi Crown Prince said: “Today, the historic agreement on OPEC+ is currently in place. Both OPEC and non-OPEC countries are working together. We hope that the first OPEC+ summit will be held in our country, in Riyadh, in your honor”.

“As for today’s match between our countries’ national football teams – may the best team win. No matter how this match ends, we will be happy, as our joint work in various spheres continues to be successful. Even if we lose, we will bring back to our country the political, economic and negotiating capital we have generated. If we win, this victory will cap the list of our other achievements,” he added.