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Putin Arrives In UAE For Rare Foreign Trip

Vladimir Putin is welcomed by UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. — courtesy Reuters via SG

Report from Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE says, Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a rare trip abroad to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

He is also scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia.

According to Saudi Gazette, Putin is expected to discuss the wars in Gaza and Ukraine, as well as oil production, with the UAE President.

The UAE is currently hosting the COP28 UN climate summit, but the Kremlin has not said whether Putin will attend.

He has barely left Russia since March, when the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued him an arrest warrant.

The ICC has accused him of illegally deporting Ukrainian children to Russia — a war crime — but neither the UAE nor Saudi Arabia recognize the court’s jurisdiction.

The Russian leader has snubbed other recent International Summits including Brics in South Africa in August and the G20 summit in September in India.

The trips come as Russia is keen to project influence and undermine the West’s attempts to isolate it.

Putin told UAE President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan that “our relations have reached unprecedented levels”.

Trade and oil will be on the agenda in the UAE, which a Kremlin statement said is “Russia’s main economic partner in the Arab world”.

The Russian President is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia later on Wednesday to meet with the Kingdom’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman.

The two leaders will “consider ways to promote de-escalation” in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Kremlin said.

Conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Sudan will also be discussed in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Russian presidential assistant Yuri Ushakov stated.

Kremlin officials have also announced that Putin will meet with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi on Thursday to discuss the war in Gaza.

Putin has only visited Russian-occupied Ukraine, Iran and China since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. — BBC

Source: BBC/SG.

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