Putin: Russia expects an agreement with Qatar in the energy sector, especially gas

MOSCOW, January 18. Russia expects an agreement with Qatar on energy issues, especially in the field of gas. This was stated by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at meeting with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

“We need to talk about interaction and coordination of positions in the energy sector, especially in the gas sphere”, – said the Russian leader.

Also in the agenda of the negotiations – the situation in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, in which, according to the President of the Russian Federation, Qatar is an “important component”. “We look forward to discussing with You the situation, to exchange views, to find solutions and compromises on the most complicated, problematic issues”, – said Putin.

In the negotiations participate on the Russian side the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, with Qatari foreign Minister Khaled bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, head of the office of the Emir Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani and the head of the security service of Qatar Ghanem Khalifa al-Kubaisi.

This is the second meeting of Putin with al-Thani, the previous was held on 5 February in Sochi during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.

As reported in the media to the meeting, in the January-October 2015 the trade turnover between Russia and Qatar decreased by 44% compared with the same period of 2014 and amounted to $24.8 million Russian exports in Qatar decreased by 33% due to reduction of 3.7 times the supply of wheat. In proceedings of the Kremlin it is noted that in this regard, “the leaders will discuss ways to enhance mutual flows of goods and services amid unfavorable conditions in world markets”.

During the visit of the Emir of Qatar in Moscow it is planned to consider also the ways of development of bilateral relations in the humanitarian sphere, “as well as issues of further coordination during the preparation and holding of world football championship of 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar”. On the sidelines of the visit includes the signing of an agreement on visa-free trips of holders of diplomatic passports.

“Held in-depth exchange of views on topical issues of the middle East agenda with a focus on the consolidation of efforts of the international community to combat terrorism, as well as the settlement of the situation in Syria,” – said the press service of the Kremlin.