Manama, 31 May 2022 (TDI): The King of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa, met with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov in Manama.

The meeting focused on the latest regional and international developments, most notably the situation in Ukraine.

The Bahrainian King discussed the importance of resolving the conflict in Ukraine in a way that protects the interests of both Kyiv and Moscow. He also highlighted the significance of the security and stability of Europe and the world.

King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa, underscored the need for dialogue and diplomatic solutions in line with international laws to reach a political settlement of the conflict by achieving peace for all sides and protecting the lives of non-combatants.

Talks also focused on the importance of delivering humanitarian aid to refugees and the displaced.

The officials highlighted the bonds of friendship between Bahrain and Russia, to achieve the joint interests of their countries in the field of trade and economy.

Bahrain and the Russian Federation: reliable partners 

After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Bahrain recognized the Russian Federation as the successor state of the Soviet Union on 28 December 1991. In May 2007, the two countries announced that they will jointly set up a new financial institution known as the “Arab-Russian Bank”. The bank will have its main headquarters in Bahrain to strengthen the economic ties between the two countries.

They also aim to work on developing military ties with each other. Bahrain is interested in Russia’s Mi-8/17 and Mi-26 helicopters as well as in the opening of the regional helicopter service center. 

Russian foreign minister agreed to develop exchanges of delegations, encourage direct contact between businesses, and discuss several possible projects for joint implementation. Russian foreign minister also stated that Russian cooperation with Bahrain is of vital interest. Russia is turning the East in search of new markets and allies. The relations with the West and Bahrain’s unique position are helping Russia achieve that goal.