Lavrov goes to the UAE, where he will discuss the situation in Syria and the oil market

Lavrov goes to the UAE, where he will discuss the situation in Syria and the oil market


MOSCOW, 1 February. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov sent on Monday in a blitz-tour of the Persian Gulf countries (3 February), during which he will visit the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The main topics of the visits will be the situation in the region, the situation in Syria and the oil market.

In the UAE capital, Lavrov will be adopted as crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, held talks with foreign Minister Abdullah al Nahyan.

In Muscat scheduled the interview with Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Sultanate of Oman Fahd bin Mahmoud al said and the negotiations with the Minister responsible for foreign Affairs of the Sultanate, Ben Yusef Alyavi.

The parties will sign intergovernmental agreement on mutual waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, special and service passports.

Geneva agenda

As noticed in Moscow, an important place will be devoted to the “strengthening of the coordination of positions on key aspects of international and regional agenda”. “In Abu Dhabi and Muscat have consistently followed a balanced foreign policy, I Express my understanding and support of Russian approaches and initiatives at the UN and other international organizations”, – said the foreign Ministry.

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On Smolensk square stressed the importance of establishing a broad front to combat terrorism in accordance with international law. Russia, the UAE and Oman and to work within the Group support Syria. Discussion of prospects of settlement in Syria will take on a special significance on the background of the outbreak of indirect inter-Syrian talks in Geneva.

Moscow urges not to miss a real chance for peace and stresses that it is important turning point. “We urge all parties to engage actively in the work to abandon any preconditions in favour of finding effective ways to reach a political settlement in Syria,” – said the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation.

While the negotiations in Geneva more unclear than clear: the opposition, formed in Riyadh, has been unable to agree even among themselves. The continuation of the Syrian conflict only into the hands of terrorists who are absolutely not interested in political reforms, their goal is a Caliphate from Pakistan to Portugal.

According to Lavrov, the action of Air and space forces of Russia really helped to turn the tide in Syria, to ensure the narrowing of the terrorists controlled space. “As a result, at the same time significantly clear picture of what is happening, it has become clear who is fighting with terrorists, and who acts as their accomplices, trying to use them in their one-sided selfish purposes,” he said.

About oil

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“Fever” and world oil markets. In this regard, the idea of a meeting of OPEC and other oil producers. The subject of consultations would be to reduce production to 5% of each of the countries.

As noted in the Russian foreign Ministry, Abu Dhabi and Muscat will discuss the situation on the world energy market, where it is still “an urgent need to minimize volatility and ensure an equitable level of prices for hydrocarbons, achievements to this end a sustainable balance between supply and demand”.

Bilateral and regional issues

Moscow notes the importance of maintaining a regular political dialogue, boosting trade volume and investment partnership and development of promising joint projects in energy, metallurgy, industry, agriculture, infrastructure and other areas and regions. In addition, the Russian side is aimed at enhancing humanitarian ties, including cultural exchanges and cooperation in tourism.

However, the Russian foreign Ministry to draw attention to the cooperation within the framework of Ministerial strategic dialogue Russia-cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC). The next meeting in this format is planned in Moscow this spring.

“In close contact with Emirati and Omani sides will be considered an updated version of the Russian concept of collective security in the Persian Gulf that takes into account such changes in the region, as reaching agreement on the Iranian nuclear program and a significant increase in the terrorist threat”, – informed the Russian dipvedomstva.