“While meeting with president Putin, we are looking forward to discussing cooperation between the two countries and tackling the current Middle East issues,” Sheikh Mohammed said, adding that the UAE, led by President Sheikh Khalifa, “is keen to build stronger relations with Russia that serve the interests of both countries and peoples, especially in the areas of economy, investment and trade”.
Mr Putin thanked the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi for his visit, the state news agency Wam reported.
“I’m pleased about your visit to this city. It is another chance to discuss the bilateral relations and the Middle East issues, especially the Syrian crisis,” he said.
As well as discussing other regional and international developments of mutual concern, including the conflict in Yemen, both leaders spoke about the visions of their nations in addressing the humanitarian and political crisis in Syria, as well as efforts being made to resolve the conflict.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed also passed on the regards of President Sheikh Khalifa to Mr Putin.
Other officials present at the meeting included Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.