Moscow Hails 'Riyadh’s Role to Resolve the Conflict in Ukraine'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomes Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Moscow. (Archive)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomes Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Moscow. (Archive)
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Moscow Hails 'Riyadh’s Role to Resolve the Conflict in Ukraine'

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomes Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Moscow. (Archive)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov welcomes Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Moscow. (Archive)

Saudi Arabia is keen on developing its relations with Russia on all levels, and is ready to help resolve the dispute between Russia and Ukraine, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Thursday during a visit to Moscow.

During a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the Saudi minister voiced hopes that their talks contribute to unifying visions and to strengthening bilateral relations.

The visit of the Saudi foreign minister follows his recent visit to Ukraine on Sunday.

Discussions between the two officials focused on the challenges facing the world, and their visions regarding international crises.

“There is always something new in the relations between our two brotherly countries which we look forward to promoting and developing at all levels,” said the Saudi minister.

For his part, Lavrov, through an interpreter, welcomed Saudi Arabia's increased interest to actively participate not only in settling regional issues, but also international matters.

He said that he sees the significance of "permanent and mutual" coordination between the two countries at the level of ministries and government agencies and in the areas of trade, economy and investments between Riyadh and Moscow.

"We always agree on the necessary steps to develop cooperation" between Russia and Saudi Arabia, Lavrov said.

In a joint press conference between the two officials, the Saudi minister said that “the Kingdom is ready to do the necessary to resolve the conflict in Ukraine (with Russia),” adding “we are ready to facilitate any dialogue between Russia and Ukraine.”

Lavrov hailed the Saudi minister’s remarks, welcoming Riyadh’s efforts to resolve the dispute.

“The role of Saudi Arabia regarding the Ukraine crisis is not limited to the exchange of hostages,” said Lavrov, adding “(Ukraine's President Volodymyr) Zelensky is the one refusing to sit for dialogue.”



Saudi FM Holds Talks with High-level Officials on Sidelines of Ukraine Peace Summit

Part of the Saudi FM meetings with officials on the sidelines of the peace summit in Ukraine - SPA
Part of the Saudi FM meetings with officials on the sidelines of the peace summit in Ukraine - SPA
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Saudi FM Holds Talks with High-level Officials on Sidelines of Ukraine Peace Summit

Part of the Saudi FM meetings with officials on the sidelines of the peace summit in Ukraine - SPA
Part of the Saudi FM meetings with officials on the sidelines of the peace summit in Ukraine - SPA

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met on Saturday with a number of world leaders and officials on the sidelines of the peace summit on Ukraine in Lucerne, Switzerland, including President of the European Council Charles Michel.
The meeting reviewed the historic Saudi-EU relations and discussed ways to enhance them in various fields, as well as the latest regional and international developments of mutual concern.

He also met with Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and discussed means of developing relations between Saudi Arabia and Norway, as well as regional and international developments and efforts to address them.

Prince Faisal also held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and discussed the latest developments in the Ukrainian-Russian crisis, as well as opportunities to enhance bilateral cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Ukraine and ways to support and develop these relations in various fields.

The Saudi FM also reviewed with Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Fuad Hussein the fraternal relations between the two Iraq and the Kingdom and ways to strengthen and develop them.