Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, will go to Russia on Tuesday to meet with Vladimir Putin.
Both leaders will address their nations’ “friendly ties” as well as “regional and international concerns and trends of common interest,” according to UAE state media WAM.
The UAE’s ruler paid a visit a week after the oil-producing group OPEC+, which also includes Russia and the UAE, decided to impose significant output cutbacks to support crude prices in defiance of pleas from the United States to pump more to support the world economy.
The organization’s move to reduce output had been lauded by the Kremlin on Sunday.
According to Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, the decision was “balanced, careful, and planned work of the countries that assume a responsible position within OPEC,” according to Reuters.
The oil cartel and the United States had strained ties as a result of the cut.
President Joe Biden was “disappointed by the misguided decision by OPEC+ to decrease production quotas while the global economy is suffering with the prolonged detrimental impact of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,” according to a statement from the White House.
The former finance chief of Dubai claimed on Twitter that Mohamed was going to Russia to “[defuse] a European conflict that exhausted the planet” after the visit of the UAE leader was announced.