- By Ajiša Dragičović
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman trapped on his own golden escalators
Saudi King Salman’s golden escalator onboard his private jet broke down on visit to Russia trapping the King in a state of awkwardness.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud suffered an embarrassing arrival in Russia when his iconic golden escalator broke down.
The 81-year-old was disembarking his private plane after touching down at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport when the customised escalator malfunctioned.
He was forced to walk down the rest of the steps, receiving a guard of honour when he finally set foot on Russian soil for the historic visit.
The Saudi king is known for his extravagant trips abroad and is travelling with a 1’500 syrong entourage, two Mercedes Benzes and 459 tonnes of luggage.
In the first official visit of a Saudi monarch to Russia, King Salman met with President Vladimir Putin and signed a slew of arms and energy deals.
“This is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch in the history of our relations and that in itself is a landmark event,” Putin said as he welcomed King Salman to the Kremlin.
“I’m sure your visit will boost the ties between our countries.”
The Saudi king responded: “We aim to strengthen our relations in the interests of peace and security, in the interests of developing the world economy.”
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir added that “relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia have reached a historic moment.”
King Salman handled the awkward enterence with dignity, pausing for a moment or two before walking the restroom of the way.
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