A Russian lawmaker says the most promising areas of cooperation are energy and geological exploration

Russia and Saudi Arabia will launch joint projects worth $3 bln by the end of the year, speaker of Russia’s Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko said at a meeting with members of the Russian-Saudi Business Council on Monday.

The Federation Council is upper chamber of the Russian parliament.

During the conversation, she noted that “although Saudi Arabia ranks second among the Arab states in terms of trade with Russia, the volume of mutual trade turnover in the past year has significantly decreased.”

“This does not correspond to the potential that our countries have, we are interested in expanding economic ties,” the speaker stressed, as quoted by the press service of the Federation Council.

According to Matviyenko, the most promising areas of cooperation are energy, geological exploration, mining, petrochemicals, tanker construction, investment cooperation, and the training of personnel.

She reiterated that Russia offers its partners great opportunities for business development and investment.

“The parliament adopted the laws improving the investment and business climate,” she said.

In particular, according to Matviyenko, “the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Sovereign Fund of Saudi Arabia successfully cooperate.”

“Thanks to them, projects totaling about $600 million have been implemented and projects worth $3 billion should be launched by the end of this year,” she said.