Children gather near a painting depicting Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, July 2, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon
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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar on June 5, restricting access to their airspace and ports and sealing Qatar's only land border, which it shares with Saudi Arabia.They issued a 13-point list of demands to end the standoff June 22 and gave the natural gas-rich country 10 days to comply.The four nations cut ties to Qatar over allegations it supports extremists and over worries it maintains too-close ties to Shiite power Iran.Russian President Vladimir Putin has separately spoken with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, urging direct dialogue among all the states involved, according to statements released by the Kremlin on Saturday.
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