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The Latest on developments related to the diplomatic crisis engulfing energy-rich Qatar (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin just days after Qatar’s foreign minister was in Moscow to discuss the crisis in Gulf ties.

Saudi Arabia’s state news agency reported few details about the call on Tuesday, only saying the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and counterterrorism efforts.

Russia’s state-run Tass news agency says the two discussed “the growing tensions around Qatar.”

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last week, accusing it backing terrorism and promoting policies that destabilize the region. Qatar has denied the allegations.

Over the weekend, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was in Moscow following a telephone call between Putin and Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani.

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1:50 p.m.

Turkey’s president has criticized the effort by several Arab countries to isolate Qatar over allegations of sponsoring militant groups, comparing the move to a “death penalty” for the small Gulf country.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his country’s position to support Qatar and diplomatic engagement to help end the crisis in a speech to party members on Tuesday.

He said that Qatar has “practically been sentenced to the death penalty” and added that “it is neither humane nor Islamic to attempt to isolate a country’s people in every area from food, to drink, to travel, to commerce, to worship.”

Erdogan called on the king of Saudi Arabia, one of the Arab and Muslim countries that severed ties with Qatar, to resolve the crisis.

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10:50 a.m.

A state-owned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates is saying that a fake website attempted to impersonate it and publish fake comments attributed to Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince.

Al-Ittihad newspaper’s editor-in-chief Mohammed al-Hammadi told The National newspaper of Abu Dhabi in an article published on Tuesday that the fake comments had Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan disparaging Kuwait and Oman for having “double standards.”

Kuwait has tried to mediate in the crisis between Qatar and other Arab nations over Doha’s alleged support of Islamists and its ties to Iran. Oman has stayed out of the conflict.

Officials in Doha say an alleged hack of the state-run Qatar News Agency in late May saw controversial comments attributed to its ruling emir published. That helped spark the crisis, which began June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and started trying to isolate Qatar from the rest of the world.

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8:45 a.m.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed hopes for a swift resolution of the crisis engulfing the energy-rich nation of Qatar.

Sharif’s office issued a statement on Tuesday, following his return from Saudi Arabia. It quotes the prime minister as saying he hopes the dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors will be resolved soon.

It says Sharif’s visit reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong commitment for Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and quotes King Salman as saying the joint fight against terrorism is in the interest of all Muslims countries.

Pakistan has close ties with the kingdom but also business ventures in Qatar.

Saudi Arabia and its allies severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar earlier this month, after accusing it of supporting terrorist groups, a charge denied by Doha.

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