"We are finalizing preparations for the visit and will soon announce the official dates," said Dmitry Peskov.

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The Kremlin hopes the upcoming visit will give a new impetus to the relationship between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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"Saudi Arabia is a country that plays a major role in the Arab affairs and relations between different Arab countries, it is a leader in the Arab world, and definitely Russia is seeking to bolster dialogue, including through discussions on the situation in the Middle East, and in Syria in particular," said the president's press secretary.