Abu Dhabi: Russian President Vladimir Putin departs for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for his second leg of the tour, after concluding his working visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared on their social media X, stating, "President of Russia Vladimir Putin concluded his fruitful working visit to the UAE, and has departed for the 2nd leg of the tour - for Riyadh"

During his visit to the UAE, Russian President Putin thanked his UAE counterpart Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his country's efforts in the environmental sphere, according to TASS.

"Today, one of the most important international ecological forums (the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - COP28 - TASS) is being held in the UAE. The initial results of the Paris Agreements are being summarized," Putin said while holding talks with his UAE counterpart.

"You are holding this event just as we expected - at the highest level. Undoubtedly, many people around the world, who are far removed from the environmental movement, are grateful for your efforts here," Putin added.

The Russian president further emphasised, "The Russian delegation is very involved in the conference's work." "We wish you success, which I have no doubt you will have."

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is being held from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai.

Moreover, over 140 state leaders and more than 70,000 delegates from various countries are attending the event. Representatives from big business, the research community, experts and journalists are also present at the event, TASS reported.

Reportedly, Putin will hold talks with Saudi Prime Minister Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Riyadh.

In Riyadh, President Putin and Mohammed bin Salman will discuss "issues of bilateral cooperation in trade, economy and investments, as well as various aspects of cooperation in multilateral formats." The sides also plan to have "an exchange of opinion on regional and international agenda."

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Russia are all members of OPEC+, the alliance between the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other major oil producers, which last week agreed to extend and deepen its production cuts.