TEHRAN (defapress) - The United States would welcome Russia’s role in settling the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday.
News ID: 65381
Publish Date: 26July 2017 - 12:31
"If Russia can play a role in helping to bring the
sides to the table, I think we would welcome that. We might be skeptical of
whether they’d be able to do that or not, but we would certainly welcome that
if anyone were - be able to help bring those sides together," she said at
a regular press briefing, TASS news agency reported.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview
with Kurdish Rudaw television on Monday that Russia was ready to assist in the
settlement of the crisis around Qatar if the mediators deem it necessary.
The Russian top diplomat added that Russia had
"contacts with practically all participants in this conflict."
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain
and Egypt accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and interfering into their
domestic affairs and said they were severing diplomatic relations with that
country. Economic sanctions and a transport blockade of the emirate followed.
On June 22, four Arab states advanced 13 demands to Qatar
for restoring relations and gave it a 10-day deadline to comply with them.
Qatar’s government said that the demands were unacceptable
as they had nothing to do with the fight against terrorism but aimed to limit
the country’s sovereignty.
On July 5, the deadline expired, but Doha’s response handed
via Kuwait was met with regret by the boycotting nations. They vowed to
continue their political and economic pressure on Qatar until it changes its