Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani shakes hands with Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov after a joint news conference in Doha, Qatar August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon
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Two of the world's largest energy producers, Qatar and Russia, Wednesday vowed to increase trade ties at a time when the emirate is facing an economic boycott from neighboring states. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the commitment after a "lengthy" meeting in Doha with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdel-Rahman al-Thani, and before that, the country's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.Russia and Qatar are two of the world's top four gas producing countries.Qatar has turned to expanding its economic ties after a group of countries led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut off political and trade links with Doha on June 5, initiating the Gulf's worst political crisis in years.
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