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Putin's Strategic Visits to UAE and Saudi Arabia: A Shift in Geopolitical Alliances?

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Muhammad Jawad
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Putin's Strategic Visits to UAE and Saudi Arabia: A Shift in Geopolitical Alliances?

As the world watches, Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to make a strategic journey to the Middle East, with scheduled working visits to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia on December 6. With Russia's historical and strategic ties to the region, these visits embody a continuation of the nation's diplomatic efforts to deepen ties with key Middle Eastern powers.

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Geopolitics in the Middle East

The Middle East, a region with a powerful role in global energy markets, is no stranger to geopolitics. Both UAE and Saudi Arabia are pivotal players in OPEC, an organization that orchestrates petroleum policies among its member countries. Putin's visit, therefore, carries potential implications for energy markets, diplomatic relations, and overall geopolitical strategies.

Putin's Diplomatic Venture Amid Legal Constraints

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These visits come at a critical juncture for President Putin. The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him in March for the alleged deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia, a act considered to be a war crime. The warrant put a damper on Putin's ability to travel abroad. However, neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE is a member of the ICC, allowing Putin to visit these nations without any fear of arrest under the ICC warrant.

Implications of Putin's Visits

During his stay, Putin is expected to discuss a variety of subjects, from bilateral relations and economic cooperation to energy partnerships and regional security issues. The outcomes of these discussions could significantly impact Russia's international stance, particularly in relation to Western countries and regional powers in the Middle East.

Scheduled to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Putin's visit serves as a potent testament to Russia's ongoing diplomatic maneuvering in the Middle East. The world now watches, with bated breath, as these visits could potentially reshape geopolitical alliances and power dynamics, echoing far beyond the borders of Russia, UAE, and Saudi Arabia.

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