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King Salman of Saudi Arabia stranded after golden escalator on plane breaks down

King Salman of Saudi Arabia’s visit to Russia did not go according to plan once he arrived in the country on Thursday after he was left stranded on his golden escalator.

The 81-year-old was halfway down the escalator when it suddenly stopped working.

The King was eventually forced to walk down the steps which lead straight down from his aircraft to the Russian tarmac at the airport.

A golden escalator might be seen by some as an extravagant and unnecessary piece of equipment. However, King Salman is well known for his over-the-top trips abroad and is known to travel with an entourage of no less than 1,500 people with 459 tonnes of luggage.

The King’s visit to Russia marks the first time that a Saudi Monarch has ever visited the country. Upon arrival, he met President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin and signed new arms and energy deals.

President Putin said: “This is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch in the history of our relations and that in itself is a landmark event.

“I’m sure your visit will boost the ties between our countries.”

In reply, King Salman said: “We aim to strengthen our relations in the interests of peace and security, in the interests of developing the world economy.”

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