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Israel discusses results of Kurdistan's referendum with Russia

By Rudaw 18/10/2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File photo: Alexey Druzhinin/AFP
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File photo: Alexey Druzhinin/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the Kurdistan Region, Syria, Iran, and Iraq in a phone call on Wednesday. 

"There was a thorough discussion of ways to resolve the Syrian crisis, the situation surrounding Iran’s nuclear program and the results of the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan," a statement from the Kremlin reads, adding that the call was made by Israel.

There was no immediate readout of the conversation from Netanyahu's office.

A day earlier, Netanyahu had discussed Iranian influence in Syria in a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. 

Iran, like Russia, is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Netanyahu warned that he would not stand for an Iranian military presence on Israel’s border.

"Iran needs to understand that Israel will not allow this," Netanyahu said, according to a press release from Israel’s foreign ministry.  

Putin hosted Netanyahu at his Sochi retreat on August 23, when the pair discussed Iran's increasing influence in the Middle East.

The Kurdistan Region held a referendum on September 25, in which 92.7 percent of people voted for independence. Since then, Baghdad has taken a number of punitive measures against Kurdistan, measures that have been backed by Iran who says they support Iraqi unity.

Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary units over the past three days have entered diverse, disputed, and oil-rich areas in the north of the country. They have replaced Kirkuk's governor, a Kurd, with an Arab and now control the city's oil facilities, airport, and military base. They are also in control of disputed areas of Nineveh province, including Shingal. 

The areas had participated in the referendum.

Baghdad has also taken punitive measures against the Kurdistan Region including closing both its airports to international flights.

Rudaw withdrew all staff members and reporters from Kirkuk following death threats from militiamen on Wednesday.

The United Nations Security Council is yet to issue a statement on the interventions by Baghdad. 

Rudaw's Majeed Gly queried the current president of the council if a statement will be released about the events in Kirkuk by Wednesday.

"I hope so, because I think it's past time," said France's permanent UN representative, Ambassador Francois Delattre.

Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, has previously stated it was waiting to see if the referendum would be recognized, but it supported the "territorial integrity of regional states."

Israel bucked the international trend and expressed support for the referendum. Israel “supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own,” Netanyahu stated a couple of weeks before the vote. 

Israel has denied allegations that its intelligence services played a role in the referendum.

The Kurdistan Region has no diplomatic relations with Israel, in accordance with Iraqi law. The two nations share historical relations.

Russia does have a consulate in Erbil and Consul General Viktor Simakov told Rudaw this week they had no plans to withdraw, despite requests from Baghdad for all foreign representatives to close their missions in the Kurdistan Region. 


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RussiaFTW | 18/10/2017
Russia is our only hope, US are afraid of Iran.
The realist Kurd is here | 18/10/2017
Isreal is just supporting the Kurds in Iraq for its own problem with Iran. It wants to stop Iran and Turkey backing Hamas, Hisbulah and etc. They will make a deal with Turkey and Iran then stop supporting the Kurds like our Western hypocrite friends. My nation: just try to stay on YOUR F E E T. Enough is enough put aside your differences and unite. Make friendship and unite with brave Syrian and Turkish Kurds to repel this dirty plan which is made by Iran and Turkey. We need to educate ourself in order to be able to make bullets and rockets and Kurdistan to defend ourself and land.
Kurdo | 18/10/2017
Rudaw what the hell are you guys doing!? Get your asses out of the office and get us some interviews like the real journalists do! Ever since Iraq took kerkuk all your reports have been full of shit and childs play with pointing fingers and im sick of it! We dont want to see this bullshit somebody better explain what happend and take responsibility!
100% kurd | 18/10/2017
Is this the level that we kurds have come to?? We cant even stand on our own feet independently without backstabbing eachother and now we have to hope for goodwill from anericans israelis and europeans ? Firstly we have to sort ourselves out and filter those traitors out and unite the peshmerga only then we can talk about what the future holds in store for us as a nation. By the way my fellow kurds dont think the israelis are doing this because the love us they only do this for their own interests which is to tackle iran the moment israel and iran make a secret deal (just like in 1975 iraq and iran made a deal) then the israelis will look the other way and forget about us never forget that they were the ones who captured abdulla ocalan in kenia and handed him over to turks . This is all i have to say and if any of my fellow kurds dislike they should know that im bot talking out of desires yet im speaking mere facts
Benny | 18/10/2017
Shame to issrail and USA and all Arab and Russia to let Iran take over irag and Iraq kurd's oil so it can help Iran more $$$$ to saport hizb alah and more terrorist in the area .issrail must act now atger wise will no be good for Iraq and kurd and issrail .

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