The Saudis Are Cozying Up to Putin

Both sides may want to thumb their noses at the U.S.

Getting warmer.

Photographer: Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. narrative about Russia is that it's a waning power run by an overly ambitious dictator that is doomed to isolation and diminishing global influence. That's not how an important U.S. ally sees it, however, judging from the $10 billion deal a Saudi Arabian state investment fund has signed with the Russian direct investment agency.

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