Russia–United Arab Emirates relations

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Russia–United Arab Emirates relations
Map indicating locations of Russia and United Arab Emirates


United Arab Emirates
UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan with the Russian president Vladimir Putin on 10 September 2007.

The relationship between the Russian Federation and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stretches back to December 1971, when the Soviet Union and UAE established diplomatic relations. Relations between the two countries have been described as strong and a "strategic partnership", with the countries cooperating closely in Iraq, Egypt and Libya.[1][2]


The Soviet Union and UAE established diplomatic relations on 8 December 1971. In 1986, the Soviet embassy in Abu Dhabi was opened and the UAE embassy in Moscow was opened in 1987.[3]

Modern relations[edit]

Russia has an embassy in Abu Dhabi and UAE has an embassy in Moscow. In 2002, a Russian consulate-general in Dubai was established.[3]

The UAE was alone in the Gulf Cooperation Council in endorsing the 2015 Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War, describing it as against a "common enemy" of the two nations.[4]

During 2017, UAE has sought to drive a wedge between Russia and its ally, Iran, which the UAE has a poor relationship with.[5] Along with Saudi Arabia and Israel, the UAE encouraged the United States to remove sanctions on Russia pertaining to its activity in Ukraine in exchange for Russian assistance in ending the Iranian military presence in Syria.[6]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Российско-эмиратские отношения (in Russian). Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
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  6. ^ "Israeli, Saudi, and Emirati Officials Privately Pushed for Trump to Strike a "Grand Bargain" with Putin". The New Yorker. 9 July 2018.

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