Russia’s Putin meets Abu Dhabi crown prince at sidelines of MAKS air show

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan at sidelines of MAKS international air show.

ZHUKOVSKY, RUSSIA (AUGUST 25, 2015) (REUTERS) – Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Tuesday (August 25) at sidelines of MAKS international air show.

“I want to thank you for joining us at MAKS-2015. Hope it is interesting for you here. And I am glad to have this possibility to use this time to talk about regional and our bilateral relations,” Putin said at the meeting.

According to Russian media, Vladimir Putin and the crown prince discussed the bilateral ties between the two countries, including investments and economic cooperation.

Earlier on Monday (august 24) the Kremlin said Russia’s Rosneft, the world’s top listed oil company by output, is in talks with the UAE’s Mubadala Petroleum to jointly develop two east Siberian projects, Tass Yuriakh and Verkhnechonskoye.

Combined production at both assets stood at around 9 million tonnes last year, according to the Russian Energy Ministry, compared to 205 million tonnes (4.1 million barrels per day) for Rosneft in total. Rosneft became the world’s top listed oil firm by output after buying its peer TNK-B BP for $55 billion in 2013.

Putin and the crown prince, who is deputy chief commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces, will also discuss Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State controls large swathes of land.

The conflict in Syria and countering the radical jihadist group will also be on the agenda when Putin meets King Abdullah of Jordan on Tuesday, the Kremlin said in a separate statement.