Russia's Putin, Turkey's Erdogan call for compromise in Qatar row

Vladimir Putin

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, denied the allegations Tuesday, saying that the Kremlin did not see "any evidence to prove this information is true".

Russian Federation has reacted angrily to claims it planted a fake news story in Qatar's state media that led to the nation being accused of supporting terrorism by its neighbours.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, in a phone call on Monday, have called for a dialogue and compromise in a row over Qatar, the Kremlin said.

'CNN and some other media sit and wait for any kind of automatically and without any evidence blame it on Russia or Russian hackers, ' he said at a news conference following his talks with Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis.

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 praise for Iran especially angered its Persian Gulf neighbors, and a week later, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed ties with Qatar and closed air and sea routes to the tiny country.

In what appears to be a coordinated move, foreign office officials claimed Qatar was responsible for supporting the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda "at all levels" in an unprecedented diplomatic spat for the Gulf region. "Hacking attacks, which are carried out from the United States territory, are recorded daily, including attacks targeting the website of the Russian President", Peskov told journalists on Thursday, adding that similar attacks "come from the territories of many countries around the world".

This came on the same day the online news site The Intercept posted the report that Russian government hackers carried out a cyberattack against one US voting software vendor last August and launched a spear-phishing attack targeting local USA organizations days before the 2016 US election, according to a highly classified report within the National Security Agency. "Whatever happens, there is a Russian trace there, the trace of Russian hackers".



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