Putin arrives in UAE on his first visit
( RIA Novosti ) - President Vladimir Putin arrived in the United Arab Emirates Monday, which is the first time a Russian leader has visited the Gulf state in 35 years.
The visit will focus on developing bilateral trade and investment cooperation, in the oil and gas sector, energy, metallurgy, transport, high-technology, military and technical cooperation, space, tourism, and culture.
One of the main issues to be discussed by Putin with the country's president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan will be, "the development of trade and economic investment cooperation," the presidential aide, Sergei Prikhodko said.
Russian companies are taking a great interest in large projects in the Middle East country, with trade turnover between the two countries exceeding $700 million, he added.
The official said the talks will also cover international issues, including security issues in the Persian Gulf, the situation in Iraq and Palestinian territories, and Iran's nuclear dossier.
A number of bilateral documents are expected to be signed, including former Soviet debt between the two countries, space, science and crime.
Putin will also open a Russian-Emirates working forum organized by the Russian and UAE Chamber of Commerce and Russian-Arab Business Council with leading business representatives from the two countries taking part.