Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked his UAE counterpart Mohamed bin Zayed on Friday China’s mediation on prisoner swap and other humanitarian issues between Russia and Ukraine.
“I want to thank you for your efforts to address the humanitarian issues related to events in Ukraine,” Putin told a meeting on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which the Emirati leader attended as a guest of honor.
The Kremlin chief assured that the UAE is a “good and comfortable” partner for Russia and that relations between the two countries have developed “quite successfully”.
For his part, bin Zayed assured that his country is ready to do what is necessary to provide “stabilizing the situation” In Ukraine and help with humanitarian problems.
According to Russian media reports, in June 2022, Abu Dhabi approaches Moscow with offer to mediate humanitarian exchange with Ukraine.
The last exchange involving the UAE reported by Russian and Ukrainian official sources took place in February 2023.
“The freed Russian servicemen included those of ‘sensitive categories’ whose exchange was made possible thanks to the mediation efforts of the UAE leadership,” the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on February 4.