As the Russian military operation enters its ninth day on Saturday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah spoke with his Russian colleague, Sergey Lavrov, over the phone on Friday.
The call focused on bilateral relations between the two countries and measures to strengthen and improve them in a variety of areas, as well as exchanging perspectives on recent events in the region and around the world and the efforts made to address them.
The two ministers also reviewed the recent developments in the Ukraine situation, with the Saudi minister emphasizing that the best way to deal with the crisis is to enhance dialogue between the two parties to seek a political solution that ensures regional security and stability.
The two sides also discussed intensifying coordination and bilateral work on some regional and international issues, the most important of which is the promotion of security and stability in the Middle East region, as well as efforts by countries in the region and around the world to lay the foundations for peace.
These developments came after Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz received a phone call from President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, during which they discussed bilateral relations and measures to expand them in numerous domains.
Concerning the Ukraine situation, the Saudi Crown Prince reiterated the Kingdom’s declared position and support for measures that lead to a political solution that ends the crisis and restores security and stability, underlining that the Kingdom is willing to intervene between all parties.
In terms of energy markets, Prince Mohammed bin Salman reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to maintaining the oil market’s balance and stability, emphasizing the importance of the OPEC Plus agreement in this regard.
The Russian military intervention began on February 24, 2022; just days after Moscow recognized the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine as independent states, following months of growing tensions between the Kremlin and the West.