Vladimir Putin, Saudi king ready to expand oil market coordination: Kremlin

 King Salman (left) attending a welcome ceremony ahead of talks in Moscow in October 2017 with President Putin.
King Salman (left) attending a welcome ceremony ahead of talks in Moscow in October 2017 with President Putin.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman "expressed readiness to expand fruitful coordination on world hydrocarbon markets" in a phone conversation they had on Wednesday (Feb 14), the Kremlin said in a statement.

The statement did not offer any details on what that expanded coordination could entail.

Russia and Saudi Arabia are major players in a global pact on cutting oil output.

The two leaders also discussed Syria and defence sales, the statement said.

It said the Saudi king had expressed his condolences to Putin regarding a plane crash at the weekend near Moscow that killed all 71 passengers and crew.