Rus­sia mends fences

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MOSCOW: Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin had tele­phone dis­cus­sions with the lead­ers of Qatar and Bahrain, stress­ing the need for diplo­macy to end the dis­pute be­tween Qatar and sev­eral other Arab states, the Krem­lin said.

Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, the United Arab Emi­rates and Bahrain have sev­ered ties with Qatar, ac­cus­ing it of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism and open­ing up the worst rift in years among some of the most pow­er­ful states in the Arab world.

Moscow is tread­ing cau­tiously in the dis­pute – it wants good ties with Qatar and Saudi Ara­bia. The calls hap­pened on the ini­tia­tive of Qatar and Bahrain.

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