Russian downgrades ties with Qatar
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Last Updated: Monday, December 05, 2011, 22:06
Moscow: Russia is demanding an apology from the government of Qatar for an attack on three Russian diplomats and says it will downgrade its diplomatic relations.

Russia's Foreign Ministry today said that its ambassador to Qatar, Vladimir Titorenko, and two other diplomats were attacked by security officers at the airport in Doha, the capital.

It said the officers tried to forcibly seize a parcel from a diplomatic pouch the ambassador was carrying, and the ambassador was hospitalised after the attack.

The ministry said the incident will have the "most negative consequences" on ties between Moscow and Doha, but did not specify the measures it will take.


First Published: Monday, December 05, 2011, 22:06

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