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Russian FM: Moscow respects the national aspirations of Kurds

By Rudaw 27/9/2017
The flags of Kurdistan and Iraq fly next to eachother in oil-rich Kirkuk on September 26. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye | AFP
The flags of Kurdistan and Iraq fly next to eachother in oil-rich Kirkuk on September 26. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Moscow prefers Iraq and the Kurdistan Region “avoid anything” which could cause further destabilization and complications in the Middle East, and believes “all disputes” between Baghdad and Erbil should be resolved through dialogue.

“Moscow respects the national aspirations of the Kurds,” read a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. “We believe that all disputes that may exist between the Iraqi federal government and the government of the Kurdish Autonomous Region can and should be resolved through constructive and respectful dialogue with a view to devising a mutually acceptable formula of coexistence within a single Iraqi state."

Russia’s foreign ministry acknowledged that Kurdistan Region held a referendum on Monday, citing “preliminary results” indicating “more than 90 percent of ballots were cast in favor of independence.”

The Kremlin’s spokesperson said last week it would wait to see if the results would be recognized.

“Russia emphasizes the need to avoid anything that could further complicate and destabilize the already conflict-ridden Middle Eastern region. We maintain our unwavering commitment to the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the friendly Iraq and other Middle Eastern states,” the statement added.

Kurdistan’s electoral commission has stated it would announce the results within 72 hours of the polls closing at 7 p.m. on Monday.

According to the commission, the voter turnout was 72 percent.

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Gerbert d'Aurillac | 27/9/2017
The referendum that has been held in Kurdistan in favor of the establishement of a Kurdish State, is a compiling historical event with the necessary international implications .It is now within the obligations of major world powers to work together and help the result of the aforesaid plebescite be recognized and implemented without bloodshed and furt
Gerbert d'Aurillac | 27/9/2017
The referendum that has been held in Kurdistan in favor of the establishement of a Kurdish State, is a compiling historical event with the necessary international implications .It is now within%
Kurdo | 27/9/2017
The title of this article is quite misleading!
thank you world | 27/9/2017
what a courages brave human friendly kind move by Russia and president Putin. thank you Russia thank you president Putin and foreign minister Lavrov. soon time for celebration .with president trump and president putin and ENTIRE EU plus our friends in israel supporting kurdistan independence....china and japan also support kurds same with saudis. thanks
Non kurd | 27/9/2017
Thank you Russia for being neutral
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