Russia and Kurdistan focus on stronger ties
President Barzani meets President Putin’s envoy
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.