Riyadh is planning to provide major investments into the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) with the fund expected to be renamed, according to the head of RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev.
"In the near future, we will announce that Saudi Arabia is investing in RCIF and the fund will be renamed as the Russian-Chinese-Saudi Fund," Dmitriev said at the Future Investment Initiative (FII), Saudi Arabia's international investment forum.
"Thus, the sovereign fund of Saudi Arabia will join our partnership with China. That means significant investments from the Saudi side."
The RCIF was established in June 2012 by China's state-owned China Investment Corporation (CIS) and RDIF, headed by Dmitriev to focus on projects that foster bilateral economic cooperation between Moscow and Beijing. Both participants raised a combined $2 billion in equal shares.
The fund reportedly invests at least 70 percent of its capital in Russia and member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, and up to 30 percent - in China.