Escorted by four fighter jets, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a rare one-day lightning tour to the Middle East during which he visited Saudi Arabia after a short trip to the United Arab Emirates.
Putin landed on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, which is hosting the United Nations COP28 climate talks.
Putin then jetted off to Riyadh, where he met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud — their first face-to-face meeting since October 2019.
It was not immediately clear what Putin, who has rarely left Russia since the start of the Ukraine war, intended to raise specifically about oil or geopolitics with the crown prince of the world’s largest crude exporter.
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