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CAIRO – 26 April 2018: Following the overthrow of Mubarak’s regime in Egypt, Qatar aspired to control the Arab region and openly admitted to having attempted to destroy Syria and Egypt, Former Russian Ambassador to Doha, Vladimir Titorenko, said on Thursday.
During an interview in a TV program called “A Trip Down Memory Lane”, broadcasted on Russia Today Channel, Titorenko said that then-Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassem, confirmed Doha’s involvement in bringing about the downfall of the regime of the ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
"Hamad bin Jassem told him that they would have dispatched six warplanes to Libya, but did not inform us about the special units infiltrating into the country, and illustrated that Qatar’s fighter pilots would not have participated in bombing Libya to eschew any potential losses in Qatari air forces that are already low in numbers,” the former Russian ambassador to Doha pointed out.
“Qatar was the most active participant to have ever been involved in overthrowing the Libyan regime,” he said, adding that Qatari authorities were hoping to gain access to Libya's oil and gas resources.
He added: “Hamad bin Jassem also acknowledged Qatar's role in overthrowing the Arab regimes by funneling money and providing assistance to terrorists.”
He further recalled Bin Jassim’s 2017 interview with BBC, where he confessed that the country spent $137 million on attempts to overthrow Assad’s regime since the outset of the war in Syria, and bribed the defected Republican Guard officers and former Syrian Prime Minister Riyadh Hegab.
Unlike Saudi Arabia, one of the most important players in the region, Qatar has showed Russia “rude” treatment.