The Arab world desires to use the war in Europe to strengthen its position

The new UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed’s visit to Moscow could be more than just a “peace-seeking” mission, writes international relations expert Paweł Rakowski

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Paweł Rakowski
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, greet each other prior to their talks in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. (Pavel Bednyakov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Moscow on Tuesday for the first time as the new president of United Arab Emirates. Officially, he was there to discuss mutual relations, the oil market, and the conflict in Ukraine with Vladimir Putin.

Middle Eastern media suggest that the goal of bin Zayed’s visit to the Kremlin is to attempt to mediate between the West and Russia, which, if successful would be a great political and prestigious achievement for the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, closely cooperating with Abu Dhabi.

The Arab world desires to use the war in Europe to strengthen its position in the world. We may soon learn about the effects of bin Zayed’s mission.

Meanwhile, resolution of the Israeli-Lebanese conflict regarding the sea-border where gas deposits are located is a massive breakthrough. Tel Aviv, by reaching an agreement with Beirut with Washington’s mediation, will be able to start the process of extracting and selling gas to Europe by next year.

Lebanon is also opening up to investments from France and the Persian Gulf, thanks to which, gas from the country could arrive on the European market without Gazprom’s involvement.

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