Putin and Erdogan discussed the situation of Qatar

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation discussed with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current situation of Qatar. As noted in the press service of the Kremlin, the conversation took place on Turkey’s initiative.

The presidents urged all interested countries to dialogue to find compromise solutions in the interests of peace and stability in the Gulf region. The parties stressed the need for teamwork and coordination of the international community to combat terrorism.

Apart from Qatar, also discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation. In particular, the heads of state noted the successful progress of the full restoration of Russian-Turkish trade and economic relations and implementation of the project of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream”.

In addition, a question was raised about joint efforts to promote the Syrian settlement. According to the Kremlin, Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan discussed practical implementation of agreements on creation of zones of de-escalation in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Earlier, on 5 June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE announced the rupture of diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorist organisations, including the banned in Russia “Islamic state” (IG) and “al-Qaeda”, as well as committing acts to destabilize the political situation in these Arab States. To their solution later joined by Yemen, Libya and the Maldives.

In Qatar, said that the allegations of Doha as the accomplice of terrorism, unfounded. The Ministry assured that the decision of Arab countries to break off relations with Qatar “will not affect the lives of ordinary people and residents of the Emirate”.