RIYADH – Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Sunday that the government of his country supports the legitimacy of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and rejects the “coup” carried out by the Shiite Houthi rebel movement that exiled Hadi out of the country in March 2015.
During his visit to Saudi capital Riyadh, Bogdanov said that the Russian position is in harmony with that of Yemen regarding the support provided to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in order to achieve peace in the Arab country.
According to Saba news agency, which is under the control of the Yemeni government in exile in Riyadh, Bogdanov said that Russia supports legitimate regimes, and does not recognize coups in the entire rejoin, including Yemen.
Bogdanov was received on Saturday by Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi at the Yemeni consulate in the coastal Saudi city of Jeddah.
On the other hand, the Russian official visited the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aids, which was established by the Saudi government in May 2015 to provide humanitarian assistance to Yemeni people.
Bogdanov also visited Jordanian capital Amman this week in the framework of a Middle Eastern tour, to discuss the developments in Syria, and to reach an agreement to use Iran’s airbases to launch bombing operations against the Islamic State group and the Syrian opposition.