Riyadh does not want to take sides.
Saudi Arabia officially takes a neutral position in the Russian-Ukrainian war. This was stated by Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, writes The Guardian.
Saudi Arabia has chosen “active neutrality,” he said. These words were spoken on the day of the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Jeddah, where he spoke at the Arab League summit.
For Zelensky, this could be a positive outcome, as relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia seemed to be at an all-time high last year.
Also earlier today, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, announced his country’s desire to mediate between Ukraine and Russia on the issue of a political settlement of the conflict “in a way that contributes to the achievement of security.”
Zelensky’s visit to Saudi Arabia
The Arab League summit began today in Jeddah. The Ukrainian President was the guest of honor. He spoke at the opening of the summit and said that some countries turn a blind eye to the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories by the Russian Federation.
Commenting on the results of this visit, the speaker of the Ukrainian president, Sergei Nikiforov, spoke about the true goals of Volodymyr Zelensky’s trip to Saudi Arabia. According to him, official Kyiv wants Riyadh to remain a mediator, in particular, to help in the release of prisoners.