Putin’s visit to herald new era in UAE and Russia ties

ABU DHABI — The UAE and Russia are poised to begin a new phase of political and economic cooperation when the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, receives Russian President Valdimir Putin during his visit to the UAE tomorrow for talks.

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Published: Sun 9 Sep 2007, 9:12 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:08 AM

Putin’s visit will be the first by a Russian head of state since 1971. It comes as an extension to the extensive meetings and consultations between the leaders of the two countries.

Last February, General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, had received Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

During that meeting, Shaikh Mohammed praised the progressive relations between the UAE and Russia.

He expressed UAE’s keenness to further enhance cooperation with Russia in the political, economic and cultural fields.

The Russian foreign minister briefed Shaikh Mohammed on the outcome of the tour recently made by President Putin to a number of countries of the region. He said that his country was still determined to continue its efforts to resume peace talks and to reach a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.

Shaikh Mohammed reiterated the UAE’s support to the efforts aimed at achieving peace in the region. He also expressed the UAE’s support to the quartette’s efforts to reach a comprehensive and just settlement in the Middle East and to the efforts aimed at finding

a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.

In his meeting with Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Lavrov said that Russia respected efforts by Arab Gulf countries to acquire nuclear energy capability and had confidence that they would put those programmes under supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in compliance with the nuclear nonproliferation treaty.

In addition to reviewing the UAE-Russia bilateral relations and ways to further boost them, Shaikh Abdullah and Lavrov discussed the latest development in the Middle East, the occupied Palestinian territories, Iraq as well as the Iranian nuclear issue.

Lavrov briefed his UAE counterpart on the recent Russian efforts in the Middle East for a peaceful settlement of the various issues. He expressed satisfaction over the volume of trade between the two countries and said that it was expectred to reach $1 billion soon.

He added that an agreement had been reached with the UAE to increase investments between Russia and the UAE. On October 30, 2006, Shaikh Abdullah led the UAE side to the joint governmental committee, while the Russian side was led by Sergei Ohansian, chairman of the Russian Federal Energy Agency. The committee included representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs, finance and energy, central bank and from major Russian energy firms.

Following that meeting, Shaikh Abdullah discussed with Lavrov the progress of bilateral relations between the two countries.

They expressed satisfaction at the positive outcome of the meetings of the joint governmental committee.

During that visit, Shaikh Abdullah paid a visit to the state heritage museum in St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia.

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