Russian Federation denies reports of hacking Qatar's state news agency

No doubt, trade and investment could take a serious hit and oil prices could be affected too.

"So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off", he tweeted in reference to his trip to Riyadh last month. The sudden isolation has also led to Qatar holding talks with Turkey, Iran and others to secure food and water supplies, according to a Qatari official.

Those demands likely will include dropping support for the Muslim Brotherhood - a Sunni Islamist group that was elected to power in Egypt after the Arab Spring, then forced out by a military coup - and potentially muzzling Al Jazeera, the Qatari news agency that has been a thorn in Gulf powers' side, Croft said.

"Nobody wants to hurt Qatar. It has to choose whether it must move in one direction or another direction". They alleged Qatar funds terror groups and has a worryingly close relationship with Iran, a nation with which it shares its vast offshore natural gas field.

He added that Qatar was undermining the Palestinian Authority and Egypt by supporting Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, and said stopping these policies would "contribute to stability in the Middle East".

The countries announced they would withdraw their diplomatic ambassadors from Qatar while ordering the country's to leave their territories within 48 hours. Some countries designate both as terrorist groups.

Nance said the risk of Trump's decision to pick sides in the fight is that Qatar could potentially ask the US - which has Al Udeid Air Base and 11,000 military personnel in the country - to leave.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told CNN that FBI investigators have confirmed that the agency was hacked and a fake article was inserted into the agency's system. Saudi Arabia, Qatar's sole land border, cut off all land, sea and air links to the country, while the nearby UAE has ceased providing Qatari flights and shipping.

Disruption to airspace in the Gulf began on Tuesday morning local time. Doha, Qatar's capital, is a major hub for worldwide flight connections.

"This ruling applies to all airlines flying into the UAE, including Etihad Airways", the Abu Dhabi-based airline said.

The impact is staggering - Qatar Airways flew 25 flights a day to the UAE and 20 to Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, Qatar Airways flies to nine cities.

Fellow Gulf states are also reported to have been angered by a huge ransom paid by Doha earlier this year to secure the release of a hunting party, which included members of the Qatari royal family, kidnapped in southern Iraq. Qatar "believes such differences between sister countries must be resolved through dialogue".

Legal analyst and media critic Lionel told RT that the latest CNN report follows a well-established tactic - where the report starts off with "US sources say" without ever naming the persons behind the allegations, or even clearly explaining what the Russians are being accused of this time.

"His (Trump's) message was that we need unity in the region to fight extremist ideology and terrorist financing".

  • Zachary Reyes