Qatar Calls for Diplomatic Settlement to Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The government of Qatar on Monday said that conflict between Russia and Ukraine should be settled through diplomatic channels, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its fifth day.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that his country supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

Al Thani, who was delivering a speech in the meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, rejected the use of force as a means to settle international conflicts.

On Thursday morning, Russian forces invaded Ukraine, and delegations from both sides today (Monday) met near the border with Belarus to discuss a ceasefire. 

No more details are available from their meeting so far.   

The conflict also created a huge problem in producing and transferring oil and gas to address the shortages in Europe. 

Qatar’s Energy Minister, Saad al-Kaabi had earlier said that neither Doha nor any other single country can replace Russian gas supplies to Europe with liquefied natural gas (LNG). 

“Russia provides, I think, 30-40 percent of the supply to Europe. There is no single country that can replace that kind of volume, there isn’t the capacity to do that from LNG,” al-Kaabi added.

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