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Saudi visit showcases Putin s growing Middle East influence

By Stephen Kalin and Olesya Astakhova RIYADH (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Monday for the first time in over a decade, seeking to capitalise on growing influence borne of military advances in Syria, strong ties with regional rivals and cooperation on energy policy. Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending troops to Syria, where it and Iran have been key backers of President Bashar al-Assad amid civil war, while the United States pulled back. On the eve of Putin s trip, U.S. troops were evacuating northern Syria as their erstwhile Kurdish allies struck a deal with...


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