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PM Barzani meets Russia energy minister, Gazprom officials

By Rudaw 1/6/2017
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – The Kurdish delegation visiting Russia met with Russia’s energy minister and officials of the oil and gas company Gazprom.
Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Oil and Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami, and Safeen Dizayee, spokesperson of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), met with Alexander Novak, Russia’s energy minister, on Thursday.
Gazprom, the giant Russian oil and gas firm which met with the Kurdish delegation for a second time today, has a product-sharing contract (PSC) with the Kurdish government for oil exploration in blocks in Halabja and Shakal.
The Kurdish delegation was invited to Russia to take part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday which brings together chief executives of major Russian and international companies, and senior government officials.  
Prime Minister Barzani is also scheduled to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin at the three-day forum.

Barzani and his accompanying delegation had met on Wednesday with the management board of the Russian oil giant Rosneft, including Chief Executive Officer Igor Schein.


A statement from the KRG said the meeting centred on cooperation between the KRG and Rosneft in the Kurdish energy sector and broader investment in the oil industry of the Kurdistan Region.

In February, the KRG signed a pre-financed contract with Russia’s state oil company Rosneft for the export of Kurdish crude oil. The landmark deal became the first time Kurdistan Region crude oil was to ship directly to a major oil refiner, a KRG official with knowledge of the deal told Rudaw at the time.


Yassir Fekaiki
Yassir Fekaiki | 2/6/2017
Are they representing Iraq or themselves? and how they could represent a country they do not believe exist nor do they wish to be part of?
in my opinion | 2/6/2017
Yassir why you hate arabs so much man? you always ask funny stuff
Muraz Adzhoev | 2/6/2017
Of course the KRG delegation has been invited so as the official and authorized representative of the People of de-facto reintegrated and independent Southern Kurdistan. Russia's foreign minister has stressed in his statement that the Kurdish national issue in Iraq and in Syria in particular is the matter of very serious interest and great importance for Moscow. Baghdad, Damascus, Iran and Turkey have to see and must admit the realities and be ready to recognize independent Kurdistan as far as Iraq and Syria too actually do not exist so as sovereign states any more. It seems that Ankara has been much better prepared and is ready to recognize its neighbor - sovereignly independent Kurdistan free of proxy "Kurdish or pro-Kurdish revolutionary ideologies and organizations" like PKK-PYD.

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