RIYADH, October 30. / TASS /. The restoration of relations between Saudi Arabia and Russia can set an example for restoring relations between Russia and the United States, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev told journalists on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative forum.
"At the forum, we held a number of meetings with representatives of American business from various fields. We really see that many of them got interested in restoring relations between Saudi Arabia and Russia and see it as potential experience in restoring relations between Russia and the US. We believe that many representatives of American business were interested in building bridges. We hope that the work we are doing to improve Russian-American business relations will advance significantly in the near future," Dmitriev noted.
When asked how US business looks at Russia's high investment activity in the Middle East, Dmitriev replied that many American businessmen are "surprised" by "how quickly this all happened."
"This experience is interesting for them. There are only a few funds that have made such progress in attracting Saudi funds as the RDIF has made building so many partnerships on projects, so it causes some kind of jealousy and some tension. At the same time, I think everyone understands that this is a fact. Everyone sees the signals of the Saudi leadership that these relations are not tactical, but strategic," he claimed.