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Russia supplied arms to Iraqi Kurds – Lavrov

By Rudaw 27/1/2016
Peshmerga forces. Rudaw Photo.
Peshmerga forces. Rudaw Photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov briefly mentioned on Tuesday that Moscow had sent some arms to Iraq's Kurds, shortly after they were threatened by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists.After ISIS infamously seized Mosul and large parts of Iraq's northwest back in the summer of 2014, Russia sent arms to Baghdad, including Su-25 attack planes.

Lavrov said other weapons were sent to Erbil to help the Kurdish Peshmerga defend their territory. "We took into account the Kurds' need in the supplies of our arms to Iraq, but these supplies were made through the central government, through Baghdad," Lavrov said, according to the TASS news agency.

"We fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said. His emphasis on the fact they sent arms to the Kurds through Baghdad is reflective of the fact that Russia, like the United States, strives to uphold the so-called One Iraq policy.

Many in Erbil believe that to be counterproductive, since it slows down the transfer of weapons allotted to Erbil and also prevents Erbil from independently choosing what weapons it needs or wants to buy.

Russia was not the only one to provide Iraq's Kurds with arms at that time.

In August 2014, when ISIS threatened Erbil, the US military began to bomb the militants and Iran sent a delegation and arms to ensure that Erbil did not fall.

Iran, too, is for a One Iraq, but due to the imminent threat at that time it sent weapons right away to help the Kurds mount a defense of Erbil.


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For sale! | 27/1/2016
Let's see how long before peshburger sells off this batch of weapons...
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 27/1/2016
Wasn't the Russian government who provided all kind of weapons to the dictator Saddam Hussein who used it to killed thousands of Kurds and destroyed Iraqi Kurdistan using Russian warplanes ??.
Lao in | 27/1/2016
okey just Turks remain passive when isis was in gates of Erbil!
Baqi | 27/1/2016
A war between 50 million Kurds in Iran, Syria, Iraq and Turkey against Isreal-USA is possible in near future. Kurds must gear up for a betrayal scenario once again. Unite and forge a national Army ASAP.'F%20%95%C6%98%CE%A9%20((FG%0C%20/H%98EF%CC%20&G%0CE1%CC%A9'
A Kurd in exile | 27/1/2016
In other words, nobody gives a damn about the Kurds, and everybody is against the freedom and independence for the Kurds. They only help the Kurds when it serves their own national interests. We the Kurds, as usual, are the only pawns on the international chess board. We have no friend but the mountains. And quite honestly, I am very disappointed of ourselves, as well. We the Kurds are a divided nation; and worst of all, we have no interest in uniting around one goal, one flag, and one leadership. Every one of us is playing a different tune and is after only his own stupid short-sited personal or national interests. I, as a Kurd, am sick and tired of this disunity and blame our political leaders (from all sides) for it.

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