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Watch Putin and Mohammad bin Salman high-five at the G20

Vladimir Putin and Mohammad bin Salman G20 high five
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Mohammad bin Salman and Vladimir Putin have become fast friends.
  • Max de Haldevang
By Max de Haldevang

Geopolitics reporter

This article is more than 2 years old.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has dominated America’s airwaves in recent years for his government’s alleged attack on the 2016 presidential election. But in recent months, Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman has emerged as a rival in notoriety, with the CIA’s conclusion that he ordered the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Neither seems to begrudge the other, though. At the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires today, the two greeted each other with a chummy “bro-five.”

Thirty-one journalists have been killed in Russia since Putin became prime minister in 1999, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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