Putin to discuss Israel-Hamas war during a 1-day trip to Saudi Arabia and UAE

by Sophia Chen
Putin Middle East Diplomacy

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled for a one-day visit to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, primarily to discuss the Israeli-Hamas conflict. Additionally, he will welcome Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi to Moscow later in the week, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

The discussions during Putin’s visits on Wednesday will revolve around bilateral ties, the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, and various global matters. Peskov highlighted that the dialogue will also encompass issues related to oil pricing under the OPEC+ framework.

Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s foreign affairs advisor, initially disclosed the visit on Monday without specifying the date, as reported by the Russian news agency Life. Ushakov expressed optimism about the potential impact of these talks.

This diplomatic move comes at a time when Russia is eager to strengthen its influence in Middle Eastern politics.

The Kremlin has confirmed that after these visits, Putin will host the Iranian President in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin’s recent international engagements included a visit to China in October and several trips to nations that were part of the former Soviet Union.

In March, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin, accusing him of war crimes related to the alleged forced transfer of children from Ukraine. Since the issuance of this warrant, Putin has avoided attending the BRICS summit in South Africa, a country bound by the ICC’s treaty to execute such warrants. However, neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE are signatories to the ICC’s founding treaty.

This arrest warrant marks the first occasion the ICC has targeted a leader from one of the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. The ICC’s statement specifies accusations against Putin for the “unlawful deportation” of children from occupied Ukrainian territories to Russia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Putin-Middle-East-Diplomacy

What is the purpose of Russian President Putin’s visit to the UAE and Saudi Arabia?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia primarily to discuss the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. The talks are also expected to cover bilateral relations and various global issues, including oil price caps under OPEC+.

Will Putin be hosting any international leaders in Moscow following his Middle East trip?

Yes, following his trip to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Putin will host Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Moscow. This meeting is part of Russia’s efforts to strengthen its role in Middle Eastern politics.

Has Putin made any similar international visits recently?

Yes, Putin has been actively engaging in international diplomacy. He visited China in October and made several trips to countries that were part of the former Soviet Union. These visits are part of Russia’s broader strategy to extend its influence globally.

What are the implications of the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant against Putin?

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin in March, accusing him of war crimes related to the deportation of children from Ukraine. This has limited Putin’s international travel to countries that are not signatories to the ICC’s treaty, as these countries would be obliged to arrest him upon arrival. Neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE are signatories to the ICC’s treaty.

More about Putin-Middle-East-Diplomacy

  • Kremlin Announces Putin’s Middle East Trip
  • Putin’s Diplomatic Engagement with Iran
  • Putin’s International Visits Amidst ICC Warrant
  • Impact of ICC Arrest Warrant on Putin’s Travel
  • Russia’s Role in Middle East Conflicts

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Mike87 December 5, 2023 - 4:04 pm

Wow, Putin’s really pushing for a role in the middle east, huh? seems like a power move… especially with that ICC stuff going on.

SandraK December 5, 2023 - 7:46 pm

Its interesting to see Russia engaging with both Saudi Arabia and Iran, wondering how this will play out in the long run??

HistoryBuff December 5, 2023 - 8:37 pm

Putin’s visit to China and now this? Russia’s really trying to expand its influence, not just in its old soviet bloc.

GeoPoliticsFan December 6, 2023 - 12:58 am

the ICC warrant is a big deal, no surprise he’s avoiding countries that could arrest him. These trips are carefully planned, I guess.


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