OREANDA-NEWS The Qatar Investment Authority is not planning to withdraw from projects in Russia, but new ones are not planned either. This is reported by the German edition Handelsblatt referring to the statement of the Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar Mohammed bin Abderrahman Al-Than, Gazeta.ru reported.

So he answered the question of journalists, whether QIA plans to stop investment cooperation with VTB, "Rosneft" and other corporations in Russia, as it was done by Western companies.

Al Thani expressed hope that the situation in Ukraine would change soon. Until that happens, Doha is making sure that QIA complies and does not violate all sanctions. Qatar wants to maintain good relations with the U.S. and Europe while having "balanced relations with China, Russia and other countries.

The day before, it was reported that the International Football Federation (FIFA) Judging Committee has decided on the referees who will work at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A total of 36 referees, 69 assistants and 24 VAR officials will work at the tournament. There are no referees from Russia on the FIFA list.