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Russia Ukraine conflict

UAE foreign minister, US secretary of state discuss Russian invasion: State dept

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UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the Russian attack on Ukraine via telephone, the US State Department announced in a statement Friday.

It said that the duo discussed Russia’s “premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack” against Ukraine and “the importance of building a strong international response to support Ukrainian sovereignty through the UN Security Council.

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On Wednesday, Sheikh Abdullah stressed the “strength” of ties to Russia in a phone call with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in a phone call.

The minister discussed with Lavrov the friendship relations and strategic partnership between the two countries, according to reports.

They also “reviewed a number of regional and international developments and issues of common interest.”

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