Saudi King Salman bin Abdula-ziz brought 1,500 people, a golden escalator and his own carpets on his historic, four‑day state visit to Russia.
The 81‑year‑old leader of the Gulf kingdom exited his plane on on Thursday and stepped out onto the special escalator he travels with.
But something went wrong: It malfunctioned halfway down, leaving the king standing awkwardly for about 20 seconds before he decided to walk the rest of the way.
A number of cars sped the monarch to the centre of the city, flanked by Russian police escorts.
During the first visit to Russia by a Saudi monarch, the two countries have already struck a deal on weapons sales and discussed ways to continue to cooperate on stabilising the oil market.
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