Saudi King Salman’s golden escalator breaks down at Russian airport

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s grand entrance stalled briefly when his gold escalator stopped during his arrival at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport on Wednesday.

A few seconds of waiting on the gaudy mobilized steps leaves the king puzzled until he realizes he must walk himself down. Some handlers stayed close behind to make sure he made it down safely. It was a strange start to the first official visit of a Saudi monarch in Russia.

Saudi officials said the two countries agreed to arms deals and discussed rebuilding their troubled geopolitical relationship, according to the Independent.

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