Russia Saturday called for dialogue to resolve a dispute between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours. Rights group Amnesty International warned of "heartbreak and fear" suffered by ordinary people caught in the diplomatic crossfire.
Moscow's appeal came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson encouraged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their land and sea "blockade" of Qatar.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and the Maldives severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism. Qatar called the accusations baseless.
On Saturday HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani was in Moscow to see Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a day after visiting Germany and Brussels.
"We cannot be happy in a situation when the relations between our partners are worsening," Lavrov said.
"We are in favour of resolving any disagreements through... dialogue."
Russia is "ready to try to do everything in its power" to help resolve the crisis, he said.
HE the Foreign Minister said his aim was to inform Russia about "the illegal measures" taken against Qatar.
"Differences are always solved by dialogue and the (Gulf) Cooperation Council is the most suitable framework for these talks," he said.
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