Putin arrives in Abu Dhabi on his first visit since 2007

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed receives Putin in Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed receives Putin in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed welcomes Putin in Abu Dhabi and Putin stress the depth of relations and continuous cooperation.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of theUAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Russian PresidentVladimir Putin, confirmed the depth of strategic relations between the twocountries, pointing out that they continue to strengthen cooperation betweenthem, during the visit of the Russian President to the UAE, Tuesday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed described the visit of the RussianPresident to the UAE as "historic", adding that it "reflects thestrength of relations between the two countries".

"We look forward to strengthening relations between the UAE andRussia in all areas that serve the two countries," Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayedsaid at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, adding, "Wewelcome and value the development of relations between the two countries to thelevel of strategic partnership".

"I commend the Russian support in the historic mission of the Emiratiastronaut Hazza Al Mansouri," Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed added.

For his part, Putin stressed that his country continues tostrengthen cooperation with the UAE, noting that the relations between the twocountries is witnessing continuous development.

Putin also noted that there is a rich and regular politicaldialogue between Russia and the UAE, and stressed that the continuedcoordination between Russia and the UAE on developments in the region.

The relations between the UAE and the Russian Federation havewitnessed a remarkable development in the past years in all fields.

The declaration of strategic partnership between the two countrieswas signed in Moscow last year, during Sheikh Mohammed's visit to the Russiancapital.

Economically, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fundacknowledged the importance of UAE investments in Russia and its positivereturns on the Russian economy, where the volume of these investments amountedto $7bn, compared to more than $2bn pumped by Russia to be invested in the UAE.

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