Russia, UAE establish strategic partnership
The document was inked by Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Putin said the UAE is Russia's "reliable and long-standing partner" in the Middle East and praised the declaration as "a good step towards even stronger bilateral ties."
"I think that our cooperation will expand, thanks in part to the signing of the declaration on strategic partnership," said the UAE prince.
In the declaration, the two countries expressed their determination to strengthen and develop political interaction on key bilateral, regional and international issues.
The parties will coordinate their efforts, exchange experience and information in combating terrorism and extremism. They will promote a safe and peaceful cyberspace and prevent the spread of extremist ideology online.
Russia and the UAE will cooperate in law enforcement, crack down on crimes, fight piracy, and contribute to the disarmament process at the international and regional levels.
The two countries will also strengthen cooperation in security and defense, in particular by intensifying consultations between relevant authorities of the two countries.
In the declaration, the parties voiced their commitment to developing trade and economic, financial and investment cooperation.
They will support contacts to ensure the balance and stability of the global oil and gas markets, promote the wider use of natural gas and work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, Russia and the UAE vowed to strengthen cultural, humanitarian and scientific-technological cooperation. ■