Putin, who was escorted to the nation by four Russian fighter jets, was welcomed by his “dear friend” Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.
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Trade and oil will be on the agenda, according to a statement issued by the Kremlin prior to the visit.
The trip comes as Putin faces an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) which accuses him of being personally responsible for the abductions of Ukrainian children during the ongoing war between Moscow and Kyiv.
However, the UAE has not signed the ICC founding treaty, meaning they have no obligation to detain Putin over the warrant.
Upon his arrival to the country, the Russian president was greeted by soldiers on horseback and camels, whilst Russian and Emirati flags draped the lampposts along Putin’s arrival route.