Russia–United Arab Emirates relations

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]

Russia–United Arab Emirates relations


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


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

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]

UAE is backing the House of Representatives (Libya) in the Libyan Civil War (2014–present), and Russian mercenary group Wagner Group is working for House of Representatives.

In 2019, UAE purchased $710 million of anti-tank weapons from Russia.[7]

See also


Diplomatic missions

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