December 10, 2022

A source said the Emir of Qatar met Putin to "defuse tensions"

A source said the Emir of Qatar met Putin to “defuse tensions”

Abu Dhabi

He met the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Al Thani Russian President Vladimir Putin A source familiar with the talks, but who was not authorized to speak about them publicly, told CNN, on the sidelines of a conference held in Astana, Kazakhstan, Thursday, that the “tensions defused” between Moscow and Doha.

The source said that the United States and the European Union were briefed on the meeting before it took place.

“The aim of the meeting between the Emir of Qatar and President Putin was to defuse the tensions between Russia and Qatar, which escalated in the wake of several events,” the source said.

Tension has emerged in the relationship between the two countries in recent months. The source said that tensions increased several times: after the prince had a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday; After criticizing Qatar for Russia’s annexation of the territory of Ukraine; And after the State of Qatar participated in a meeting with NATO +8 countries in Germany in April.

The source said that the deterioration of relations now complicates the Qatari diplomatic efforts in the region.

Qatar has been trying to help revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by conveying messages between Tehran and Washington. Separately, the small Gulf state has been working with Russia and Turkey as part of a tripartite consultation process aimed at helping find a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The source said: “Qatar needs friendly relations with Russia and others in the region so that it can continue in the various mediation and diplomatic files.”

The Kremlin said in a statement that the emir told Putin during the meeting that there is an opportunity to strengthen “historical relations” between Qatar and Russia at the political level, and that there are “prospects” in energy cooperation.