Russian President Vladimir Putin said the United Arab Emirates was getting “better and better with time”, praising the country’s rapid development at a meeting with Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

"During the short trip from the airport to the palace, even from the window of the car, the rapid development of your country was noticeable, it is looking better and better with time," said Putin.

The Russian leader also reaffirmed Moscow’s preparedness to support the UAE’s space programme.

Sheikh Mohammed on his part praised Russia’s backing of the first-ever Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri, who returned to Earth on October 3 after spending eight days aboard the International Space Station.

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