US Investigators Believe Russian Hackers Contributed To Arab Rift With Qatar

Qatar has denied the allegations.

Russian and Iranian foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Javad Zarif, urged Qatar and Arab states to start dialogue and join efforts against terrorism on Wednesday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said after their phone conversation, APA reports quoting TASS.

While tensions between Qatar and its Arab allies have been rising over the past few years over claims the country was funding terrorist organizations in the region, it was a news report on May 23 that sparked the latest crisis.

In a tweet sent out early on Monday morning, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "Protecting national security from threats of terrorism and extremism, Saudi Arabia has made a decision to sever diplomatic and consular relations with the State of Qatar".

The Qatar authorities had declared that they had been victims of hackers who posted in the agency's website inaccurate statements attributed to emir cheim Tamim ben Hamad Al-Thani.

The Arab world's biggest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday over alleged support for Islamists and Iran.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE insist that Qatar break all links with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Iran before diplomatic and economic relations can be restored, The Guardian reported.

Andrei Krutskhikh, the Russian president's special envoy for cybersecurity, told the Interfax news agency that the CNN report contains "zero evidence" that the Russian government was behind the news story.

Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of parliament, on Wednesday dismissed the accusations as "an attempt to push the USA against Russian Federation as key players in the Middle East". 'Whatever happens, there is a Russian trace there, the trace of Russian hackers'.

  • Zachary Reyes