It is in Russia's interest to have a "stable and peaceful" situation in the Gulf, the Kremlin said on Monday, commenting on the decision by a number of Arab nations to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar.
Moscow also hopes that the current diplomatic row in the Gulf will not affect "the common determination and resolve" in the joint fight against "international terrorism", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism, opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.
Qatar regrets decision by 4 Arab states to cut ties
Qatar has regretted a decision by four Arab countries to cut ties with Doha, in the worst rift in years among some of the major states in the Arab world.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on Monday severed ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.The countries have blocked Qatar from their airspace and requested that all Qatari diplomats leave within 48 hours.“These measures are unjustified and are based on claims and groundless allegations,” the Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement.It said the measures “aim to impose guardianship on the country, which is a violation of its sovereignty, something which totally rejected”.4 Arab countries sever diplomatic ties with QatarThe ministry went on to reiterate its respect for the sovereignty of other countries.Qatar “respects the sovereignty of other countries, does not meddle in their internal affairs and carries out its duties in combating terrorism and extremism,” the statement said.The statement said Qatar “is facing a campaign based on fabrications, which expose intentions to harm the country”.The new escalation came two weeks after the website of Qatar’s official news agency was allegedly hacked by unknown individuals who reportedly published statements falsely attributed to its emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani.The incident triggered a diplomatic row between Qatar and its neighbors, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.Yemen cuts diplomatic ties with QatarFlydubai to suspend all flights between Dubai and DohaIranian official says severing ties with Qatar not a solution for regional crisis
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Qatar has been cut off by almost all of its neighboring countries by a Saudi-led coalition. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Libya, Yemen and the Maldives have severed diplomatic ties to Doha for its alleged support for terrorism.The Qatari stock market has tumbled following the diplomatic row.Following the shocking move, all transport links to Qatar were cut and Qatari tourists and residents were given just two weeks to leave.The countries have blocked Qatar from their airspace and requested that all Qatari diplomats leave within 48 hours.The Saudi-led coalition expelled Doha from participating in the Yemeni conflict.In one of the worst rifts among the Arab world’s most powerful nations, Saudi Arabia alleged that Qatar backed terrorist groups and used their media outlets to broadcast their ideology.The dispute included Doha’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, and also alleges that Qatar supports Iran, Saudi Arabia’s rival in the region.Libya's eastern-based government cuts diplomatic relations with QatarMajor airlines such as Etihad, Emirates and FlyDubai have indefinitely suspended flights to and from Doha starting Tuesday, and an economic crisis looms as Qatar’s neighboring countries threaten to carry out a complete land and sea blockade.Saudi Arabia and Bahrain were the first to sever all diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing national security concerns.Cairo blamed the Qatari government for "hostile attitudes," sheltering the Muslim Brotherhood on its soil, and backing terror groups threatening the country's national security.Bahrain's Foreign Ministry accused the Qatari government of destabilizing the country's security and stability and interfering in its affairs.Qatar has "spread chaos in Bahrain in flagrant violation of all agreements and covenants and principles of international law without regard to values, the law, or morals or consideration of the principles of good neighborliness or commitment to the constants of Gulf relations, and in denial of all previous commitments,” it said.U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the countries of the Gulf to resolve the issue.“We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences,” he said.India says won't be impacted by some Gulf nations snapping ties with QatarKremlin wants stability and peace in the Gulf despite Qatar diplomatic rowOil rises on Qatar rift, sterling steadies after London attackIranian official says severing ties with Qatar not a solution for regional crisis