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Why did UAE foreign minister go to Russia following his meeting with Pompeo?

Russia appreciated that the United Arab Emirates took part in discussions about exercising restraint when it comes to US-Iran tensions.

On June 26, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. The visit came shortly after Sheikh Abdullah's talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Abu Dhabi.

Abdullah and Lavrov had met relatively recently, in early March in Abu Dhabi during Lavrov's Gulf tour. At the beginning of his meeting with his Emirati counterpart in Moscow, Lavrov said, “The situation is unfolding so rapidly that it is necessary to meet more often.” This had to do with the situation involving Iran and recent events in the Gulf region, namely attacks on oil tankers, the downed American drone, new US sanctions and Tehran’s threats to accelerate uranium enrichment.

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