Thursday, December 7, 2023

Putin avoids Russia's conflict zones in order to travel to the Middle East

 


Delhi, India: After visiting the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled abroad for the first time since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine.

Since the invasion of Ukraine, Putin has only made a few trips outside of the former Soviet Union. His previous trips to Iran and China demonstrated Moscow's intention to expand its presence in the Middle East.

As members of the OPEC+ group, Putin met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to discuss enhanced collaboration on oil prices. A Kremlin spokesperson said that this meeting demonstrates the ongoing coordination between Saudi Arabia and Russia, which the crown prince praised for easing tensions in the Middle East.

Following Putin's visit to the United Arab Emirates, the discussions between Putin and the crown prince, who is effectively in charge of the world's leading oil exporter, were quickly organized. Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov, as refered to by Russian media, underlined the proceeded with participation inside OPEC+, containing the Association of the Petrol Sending out Nations (OPEC) and Russia-drove partners.

"Putin skirts Russia's war zones": Putin's flight path to two Arab countries avoided flying over a number of areas where Russia has been involved in conflicts in recent years.

According to a Newsweek report, radar data showed that the Rossiya Airlines plane RA-96024, which is known for transporting high-ranking officials, left Moscow on Tuesday just before 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The airplane at first traveled southeast, vanishing from radar close to Tula, around 200 miles from the Ukrainian boundary. It had significantly circumvented Georgia by more than one hundred miles when it reappeared on radar on Wednesday at approximately 1:20 a.m. Eastern Time. It was close to Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. The plane then, at that point, supposedly flew over Iran, staying away from Syrian airspace, prior to arriving in Abu Dhabi, Joined Bedouin Emirates, soon after 1pm nearby time.

While west of Ukraine, the plane's radar signal was offline, making it difficult to determine its precise route. However, it maintained a significant distance from the Ukrainian border both before and after this time.

This avoidance is made in light of Ukraine's use of US-supplied ATACMS missiles with a range of 190 miles since October and the willingness of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to target Putin citing Russian attempts on his life.

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