EventsEventsPodcasts
Loader
Find Us
ADVERTISEMENT

Escalating embarrassment: stairway glitch leaves king stranded

Escalating embarrassment: stairway glitch leaves king stranded
Copyright 
By Chris Harris
Published on
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

First world problems caused a hiccup for Saudi Arabia’s King Salman

ADVERTISEMENT

First world problems caused a hiccup for Saudi Arabia’s king as he arrived to meet Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.

King Salman was coming down an escalator from his plane – see video, above – when it suddenly grinded to a halt.

The footage shows at least two of the soldiers there to salute him on the tarmac smiling as the king is left momentarily stranded.

The monarch, who was expected to discuss oil production co-operation with Putin, then walks down the unresponsive escalator.

The visit reflects a rapid deepening of ties between Russia and Saudi Arabia, driven by a mutual need to stem a drop in global oil prices.

The two countries helped secure a deal between OPEC and other producers to cut output until the end of March 2018, but back competing sides in Syria’s civil war.

Riyadh supports rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces while Russian troops and Iranian militias have sided with Assad. This leaves Moscow aligned with Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran, whose influence Riyadh fears is growing in the region.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Kremlin brags about Western arms captured from Ukraine at Moscow show

Footage shows crowds reaction to Trump rally shooting

Watch: Hundreds of yogis gather in New Delhi to celebrate International Yoga Day