The President of Russia Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. This was reported on the Kremlin website.
As noted, the sides discussed issues of Russian-Qatari cooperation, primarily in trade-economic and investment spheres, and praised the outcome of the April 2017 meeting of the bilateral intergovernmental Commission.
Also touched upon international issues. Putin reiterated the principled position of Russia in favor of resolving crisis situations by political and diplomatic means, through dialogue.
Monday, June 5, 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”, and in destabilizing the political situation in these Arab States. Later their decision was joined by Yemen, Libya, the Maldives and Mauritius.
In late may, energy Minister Alexander Novak announced that Russia and Qatar are discussing joint projects worth $ 12 billion, and three years later the country can reach a trade turnover of $ 500 million. In January, the sovereign Fund of Qatar (Qatar Investment Authority, QIA) announced its intention to invest in Russian projects two billion dollars.