Bahrain's severing of diplomatic relations with Iran unconstructive step

Moscow cannot assess Bahrain's decision to break off diplomatic relations with Iran as a constructive step

Moscow cannot assess Bahrain's decision to break off diplomatic relations with Iran as a constructive step.

In Russia's opinion, the latest development is not adding to mutual understanding, but, at the same time, the Russian side does not think that all remaining member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council will also sever diplomatic ties with Tehran.

"Severing diplomatic relations is not a very constructive step… It is not contributing to mutual understanding. Rather, it is necessary to maintain contacts, enter dialogue and discuss disagreements in order to find a solution," a Russian Foreign Ministry source told Interfax on Monday.

When asked whether other Gulf Cooperation Council members could follow in the footsteps of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and decide to break off diplomatic relations with Iran, the source said: "I do not think so because, certainly, they have the cooperation council where they coordinate approaches to some issues, but not to all issues."

The Sultanate of Oman "pursues a more balanced approach towards Iran and has more advanced relations with this country," he said. 

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