Turkish troops coming to Qatar for security of entire region: Qatari FM

"The official authorities of Qatar have not contacted the Russian embassy in Doha for information regarding the alleged hacking attack from the Russian side", the embassy said in comments carried by Russian state news agency TASS.

The UAE on Wednesday announced a similar decision, warning that offenders could face between three and 15 years in prison and a fine of 500,000 dirhams ($136,125) should they criticise the decision to boycott Qatar.

Tensions first surfaced on May 23, when the website of Qatar's official news agency was allegedly targeted by hackers who published statements falsely attributed to the country's emir.

However, President Trump took a different tack a few days later, noting that Qatar was singled out at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh as a source of extremist funding, and appearing to suggest that his engagement at this forum had pushed the Saudi-led bloc to act against Qatar.

The United Arab Emirates´ state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash on Wednesday accused Qatar of being "the main champion of extremism and terrorism in the region".

Several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE, cut ties with Qatar on Monday over what they say is its support for terrorism, an accusation the Gulf state vehemently denies.

Countries like Egypt, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia, in particular, whose names are often referred to along with radicalism, terrorism and coups, have begun to manipulate media to bring attention to Qatar. The air base, which has hosted US military aircraft for more than 15 years, is considered a marvel, with some of the longest runways in the Middle East and sophisticated hangars that rise like mountains from the flat desert floor.

Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on his maiden foreign trip in May.

"This is no minor diplomatic spat", Breitbart News reported.

But he also said measures taken against Qatar this week by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab nations were not aimed at seeking new leadership in Doha.

Federal Bureau of Investigation experts visited Qatar in late May to analyse an alleged cyber breach that saw the hackers place the fake story with Qatar's state news agency, the U.S. broadcaster said.

However, the Emirati Minister, who is also the Director-General and CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, warned that if Qatar continues on the path, "it will remain isolated and suffer economic and diplomatic costs".

Qatar has an independent streak that has often angered its neighbors, attracting criticism for supporting Islamist rebels in Syria, and in 2013, the Afghan Taliban opened a Doha office. Saudi Arabia has completely shut Qatar's only land border in a country that imports 90 percent of its food, much of it through its border with the Saudis.

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