Putin’s visit to further boost UAE-Russia ties

ABU DHABI — Russia and the UAE have shared deep political, economic, and cultural ties which date back to 35 years, Pavel Merkulov, deputy head of the Embassy of Russia in the UAE has said.

By A Staff Reporter

  • Follow us on
  • google-news
  • whatsapp
  • telegram

Published: Tue 11 Sep 2007, 8:56 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:10 AM

He was speaking on Sunday at the opening session of a symposium on “Relations between the UAE and Russia”.

The symposium was organised by the Centre for Information Affairs affiliated to the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office. A number of specialists, ambassadors, diplomats and researchers participated in the event.

Merkulov said the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the UAE opens a new era in cooperation and friendly relations between the two countries. Already, some 400 Russian firms operate in the UAE’s free trade zones, he noted.

Vladimir Y. Kedrov, head of Correspondence network, Rusia Al Yaum TV (the Russia-Today TV channel), presented a paper titled “Russia and the United Arab Emirates: Personal Impressions”. In his paper, Kedrov noted that the UAE, under the leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had adopted a policy of strengthening the principle of Shurah (mutual consultation) and democracy as the basis of political development. He added that the UAE experience is characterised by openness and tolerance at both domestic and international levels.

Dr Yury Zinin, chief specialist at Russian news and information agency “RIA Novosti”, said in his working paper titled “Development of relations and cooperation between UAE and Russia”, that the UAE has succeeded in making a quantum leap towards modernity in a very short span of time, thus becoming a model for political stability and effective modernisation.

He noted that the UAE had become one of the leading suppliers of energy resources to the world economy, and was a major investor internationally. He praised the country’s flexible and pragmatic foreign policy.

The Centre for Information Affairs affiliated to the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office presented a working paper in which it affirmed the UAE’s commitment to the values of human solidarity, justice and equality for all peoples of the world.

More news from