UAE president calls Putin to pledge further ‘friendly relations’

UAE president calls Putin to pledge further ‘friendly relations’

Sheikh Mohamed phones ‘dear friend’ Russian president to discuss war in Ukraine and conflict in the Middle East.

Vladimir Putin and the president of the United Arab Emirates vowed to further develop their
“friendly relations” after discussing the war in Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas conflict in a phone call.

Putin, who is subject to an international arrest warrant after his illegal invasion of Ukraine,
was given the red carpet treatment when he made a rare state visit to the UAE in December.

The Russian president thanked Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the UAE’s help in brokering prisoner exchanges of more than 200 soldiers from each side between Moscow and Kyiv last month.

Putin also raised “the terrorist attack by Ukraine against an Il-76 plane with prisoners” in the
call, as well as additional aid to the Gaza Strip, the Kremlin said.

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