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PM Barzani: KRG to expand energy, political, economic ties with Russia

By Rudaw 2/6/2017
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani speaks to reporters in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Friday. Photo: Rudaw TV

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia—Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani who is in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg as head of a delegation told reporters on Friday that his visit “is an opportunity to expand the relationship [with Russia] in all fields, including energy, economic and political sectors.”


The Kurdish PM said that relations between Russia and Kurdistan go back a long way and both sides are seeking to improve and expand these ties.


“We now have good relations and we hope it will be better,” Prime Minister Barzani said.


Barzani said that he has discussed the expansion of political, economic and trade ties with Russian officials and further meetings and discussions are due to take place in the coming days.

Comments

 
Riha | 2/6/2017
Now this news made my day. I used to not really like Nechirvan too much, but with this visit to Russia and the growing relations with the Russian Federation i am starting to slowly like him more.
Muraz Adzhoev | 2/6/2017
It is very clear now, that Russia has been considering the KRG official delegation headed by the prime-minister so as the authorized representatives of de-facto already independent Southern Kurdistan, of the People, which has its inalienable and justified national right to self-determination, reintegration and sovereign independence from deadly and tragically failed Iraqi Arab federation. Moscow very seriously takes into account the great importance of the Kurdish national issue and factor in Iraq and of course in Syria. This is the key point which can bring Russia and US closer to act together in military, political and diplomatic fields, to coordinate all efforts in favor of peace, security, stability and humanity. Suppose soon the president-commander of Kurdistan could be invited to Washington and Moscow for talks on bilateral matters, agreements concerning mutually advantageous and long-term political, diplomatic, economic and humanitarian relations, certainly having in mind the situation in Syria. Yes, certainly US have and will always have its key strategic role in Kurdistan's foreign affairs, however Russia will also be one of the most important world partners of sovereignly independent Kurdistan in order to provide peace, security, stability and cooperation in the Middle East Region.
Kurdistan | 3/6/2017
How is it possible that Russia, who had ose ties with Assad and Baghdag shite regime, accepts Kurds.
| 7/6/2017
Muraz Adzhoev said "authorized representatives of de-facto already independent Southern Kurdistan, of the People, which has its inalienable and justified national right to self-determination, reintegration and sovereign independence from deadly and tragically failed Iraqi Arab federation. " if that is the case then why there is a need for a Referendum if you are already de-facto independent and why you still begging baghdad for the 17% share and most recently a $5 billion refinery in Kirkuk?

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