MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The foreign minister described the tensions in the relations between neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf as dramatic.
"There is a threat that this disagreement can turn into a warfare," Gabriel told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the latter of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.
Yemen, the Maldives, Mauritius, Mauritania and the eastern-based government in divided Libya also announced a break in relations with Doha, while Jordan and Djibouti said they would lower the level of diplomatic contacts with Qatar. Senegal and Chad recalled their ambassadors from Doha.
Qatar denied the accusations and said that no retaliatory measures would be taken.