Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to leave for Russia: Report
MOSCOW – Quelling rumours about his ‘killing’ in an attempted coup, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will make his first foreign tour since his dubious disappearance when he will travel to Russia next week to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
A Russian journalist in his story claimed that the 32-year-old prince is alive and will meet President Putin, who is keen to strengthen ties with the Islamic Kingdom “as he “balances” Iran in the Mideast and seeks to guarantee Saudi support for the Russian peace plan in Syria”.
Another Russian media outlet citing Director of the of the Crown Prince’s Private Office Bader al-Asaker said that the Saudi prince also known as MBS will visit Moscow on June 14.
“Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Russia,” Asaker wrote on his Facebook page.
MBS Assassination Saga
The rumoured assassination of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had set the tongues wagging a few weeks ago after Russian and Iranian media speculated about the possible death of 32-year-old during a coup attempt.
The rumours were sparked once again earlier this month after a chilling photo went viran the internet allegedly showing MBS (Mohammed bin Salman) being taken for performing his last rituals. The picture shows Saudi bigwigs including Saudi King Salman ‘carrying’ his son.
Another photo was uploaded on the social media showing a ‘dead’ Saudi royal, stirring concerns that the state’s number two might actually have been killed during the rumoured coup attempt, termed drone scare by the Saudi media in April.