Rus­sia and Kur­dis­tan fo­cus on stronger ties

Pres­i­dent Barzani meets Pres­i­dent Putin’s en­voy

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) and Rus­sia are look­ing into shar­ing in­tel­li­gence be­tween Bagh­dad, Er­bil and Rus­sia in or­der to de­feat Is­lamic State mil­i­tants. The Rus­sian Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Mid­dle East ex­pressed Rus­sia’s support for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

On Tues­day, Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani re­ceived Rus­sian Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Mid­dle East Mikhail Bog­danov and his del­e­gates in Er­bil.

In the meet­ing they dis­cussed the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and the Kurd- is­tan Re­gion, and how to im­prove the Er­bil – Moscow re­la­tion­ships.

The fight against IS, re­cent suc­cesses of the Pesh­marga forces on the front­lines, and the ex­tent of co­op­er­a­tion and in­tel­li­gence shar­ing be­tween Bagh­dad, Er­bil and Moscow were dis­cussed.

The Rus­sian del­e­gates out­lined their coun­try’s support for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, for which Barzani thanked them. Rus­sia has pro­vided no­table hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for refugees and dis­placed peo­ple in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

“IS mil­i­tants can’t be de­feated un­less its ide­ol­ogy is fought and its fi­nan­cial sources cut,” Pres­i­dent Barzani told the del­e­gates.

Bog­danov stressed the ne­ces­sity of hav­ing good ties with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, point­ing at the in­creased ac­tiv­ity in the field of oil pro­duc­tion.

Bog­danov pointed out that that ter­ror is a se­ri­ous threat to the world and a strong in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion is needed to de­stroy ter­ror­ism, “Counter-ter­ror­ism needs co­op­er­a­tion and unity,” he said.

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