Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the failure of Iranian nuclear talks, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani will travel to Moscow.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Al Thani intends to meet with his Russian equivalent Sergey Lavrov. He could also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the source, who did not want to be named.
The visit comes as Qatar tries to save the Iranian nuclear talks, which struck a roadblock when Russia wanted a promise from the US that sanctions on Moscow would not harm its relationship with Tehran.
On Saturday, Al Thani had separate conversations with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
Qatar will also try to serve as a mediator in order to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called on President Volodymyr Zelenskyy twice this month.
According to the state-run Qatar News Agency, the foreign minister talked with his Ukrainian counterpart on Sunday and urged all parties to maintain moderation and address difficulties via discussion.