Saturday, May 18, 2024

Saudi Arabia offers to mediate between Moscow and Kyiv

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has told the leaders of Russia and Ukraine he is “ready to make efforts to mediate between all parties,” the BBC reports.

In separate phone conversations with Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, he expressed support for “a political solution” to their conflict.

He told Zelensky that the kingdom will extend by three months the visas of Ukrainian tourists and residents that are due to expire.

According to Saudi Arabian media, it was Putin who called the Crown Prince, who then “clarified the kingdom’s stated position” on the war in Ukraine.

The Kremlin, in its own readout of the call, said both leaders discussed energy concerns and “will continue to co-ordinate their approaches” on oil production, as key partners in the OPEC+ alliance.

“Taking into account the anti-Russian sanctions imposed by a number of western countries, Vladimir Putin emphasised the inadmissibility of politicising the issues of global energy supply,” it said.

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