Putin in Sochi to hold talks with the Emir of Kuwait to continue the series of meetings on defense industry

Putin in Sochi to hold talks with the Emir of Kuwait to continue the series of meetings on defense industry

MOSCOW, November 10. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin will hold on Tuesday in Sochi talks with Emir of Kuwait Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah who is paying his visit to the Russian Federation for the first time in post-Soviet history. “Tomorrow there will be negotiations (Putin) with the Emir of Kuwait, the al Sabah, told journalists the press-Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov. – This is the first in the history of the post-Soviet period, the visit of the Amir (of Kuwait) in the Russian Federation”.

The dialogue at the highest level

In a press-service of the Kremlin noted that the talks will discuss key aspects of Russian-Kuwaiti cooperation. “Priority will be given to the expansion of bilateral cooperation in trade and economic sphere, – noted in press service. – Assumes a thorough exchange of views on topical issues of the international agenda, particularly the situation in the Middle East and North Africa”.

“We (between Russia and Kuwait) is quite regular political dialogue at different levels, – said the press Secretary of the Russian President. – And now to these levels will be added and higher”. According to Peskov, in addition to the talks in narrow and expanded format, it will also include the signing of several bilateral documents.

Meeting with military leaders

The Kremlin spokesman added that on Tuesday, Putin will continue beginning on Monday a series of meetings on developing the Armed Forces. “In Sochi will continue a series of meetings with military leaders and, shall we say, with the “captains” of the military-industrial complex on the issues of military construction”, – said Peskov.

He said that the President will also hold several other meetings. In particular, Putin will meet with the head of Sberbank German Gref.

Recently the Russian leader is conducting a series of personal contacts and telephone conversations with leaders in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, the main topic being the situation in Syria. In particular, in October Putin spoke several times on the phone with the king of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, talked with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s king Abdullah II. Also, the President of the Russian Federation held in Sochi on October 11 meeting with crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, and October 20, met in Moscow with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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A leading expert on the Middle East, Director of London’s Institute of global strategies Mamun Fandi said in an interview that Kuwait supports the stabilizing role of Russia in the middle East. “The Russian presence in Syria is now seen as a stabilizing factor needed to end the conflict in that country,” he said. According to experts, Kuwait’s position on the Syrian crisis is “closest” to Russia’s position, advocating for a diplomatic resolution of this problem. “In Kuwait consider Assad as a transitional figure, and only the Syrian people to decide his fate, said Fandi. And in this sense position of Russia and Kuwait are similar”.

“At the present time Kuwait, like other Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, are interested in Russia while solving other issues in world politics – said the expert. But Russia needs in Kuwait and the Gulf countries to reduce the global oil prices to an acceptable level”.