Putin to Discuss Israeli-Hamas Conflict During Visits to UAE and Saudi Arabia

by Ryan Lee
Putin Middle East Diplomacy

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled for a one-day journey to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to discuss the conflict between Israel and Hamas, as well as to host the Iranian president in Moscow, according to Kremlin announcements made on Tuesday.

Scheduled for Wednesday, Putin’s working visits to both nations were confirmed by Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

These discussions will primarily revolve around bilateral ties, the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, and other global issues, stated Peskov. He also noted that the talks would include deliberations on the oil price limits under the OPEC+ framework.

The plan for Putin’s trip was initially revealed on Monday by his foreign affairs advisor, Yuri Ushakov, in a conversation with Russian news outlet Life, although the exact dates of the visits were not disclosed at that time.

“These negotiations are expected to be highly productive and are of significant importance,” Ushakov commented, as reported by Life.

Putin’s visit comes at a pivotal moment when Russia is keen to enhance its influence as a mediator in Middle Eastern conflicts.

Additionally, Putin is set to welcome Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the Kremlin on Thursday, as further stated by Peskov.

Previously, Putin had visited China in October and made several trips to nations that were once part of the Soviet Union.

In a notable development, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin in March, alleging his direct involvement in war crimes, specifically the abduction of children from Ukraine.

Following the issuance of this warrant, Putin abstained from attending a BRICS summit in South Africa, a country bound by its ICC treaty obligations to arrest him upon arrival.

Neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE are signatories to the ICC’s founding treaty.

This warrant against Putin in March marked the first instance of the global court issuing such an order against a leader from one of the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. The ICC accused Putin of the war crime of “unlawful deportation” of children from Ukrainian territories under occupation to Russia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Putin Middle East Diplomacy

What is the purpose of Vladimir Putin’s one-day trip to Saudi Arabia and the UAE?

Vladimir Putin’s trip is focused on discussions about the Israeli-Hamas war, enhancing Russia’s role as a mediator in Middle East conflicts, and strengthening bilateral relations with these nations.

What other significant meeting is Putin scheduled to have this week?

In addition to his visits to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Putin is scheduled to host Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the Kremlin in Moscow.

Why is the International Criminal Court (ICC) warrant against Putin significant?

The ICC issued an arrest warrant against Putin for war crimes, specifically the unlawful deportation of children from Ukraine. This is the first time the ICC has issued a warrant against a leader of one of the U.N. Security Council’s permanent members.

How has the ICC warrant affected Putin’s international travel?

Since the ICC warrant, Putin has avoided travel to countries like South Africa, which are signatories to the ICC treaty and would be obligated to arrest him. This warrant has impacted his international engagements and choices of travel destinations.

More about Putin Middle East Diplomacy

  • Kremlin’s Announcement on Putin’s Trip
  • Background on Israel-Hamas Conflict
  • Details on International Criminal Court’s Warrant Against Putin
  • Overview of Russia’s Role in Middle East Diplomacy
  • Implications of Putin’s Avoidance of ICC Treaty Countries

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Jenny87 December 5, 2023 - 6:05 pm

wow, didn’t know about the whole ICC thing. thats pretty serious, wonder how it’ll play out in his future travels and meetings.

Michael_J December 5, 2023 - 9:54 pm

kinda interesting how Putin’s still playing a key role in middle east politics, even with all the drama back home and that ICC warrant on him.

Sara_K December 5, 2023 - 10:22 pm

It’s surprising, don’t you think? That countries like Saudi and UAE are still welcoming him despite the allegations and stuff.

GregTheAnalyst December 6, 2023 - 11:17 am

Putin’s visit to these countries shows how complex international relations are… ICC warrant or not, diplomacy goes on.


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