The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Russia are looking into sharing intelligence between Baghdad, Erbil and Russia in order to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. The Russian Representative to the Middle East has expressed Russia’s support for the Kurdistan Region.
On Tuesday Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Russian Representative to the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov and his delegates in Erbil.
In the meeting they discussed the current situation in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, and how to improve the Erbil – Moscow relationship.
They also spoke about the history of Kurdish people in Russia, as Kurdish leader General Mustafa Barzani and his fighters lived in exile in the former Soviet Union in the late 1940s.
As the fight against IS insurgents and recent successes of the Peshmerga forces on the frontlines were discussed, so was the extent of cooperation and intelligence sharing between Baghdad, Erbil and Moscow.
The Russian delegates outlined their country’s support for the Kurdistan Region, for which Barzani praised them. Russia has provided notable humanitarian aid for refugees and displaced people in the Kurdistan Region.
The work done by Russian energy and natural resources companies working in the Kurdistan Region was noted by Barzani, who welcomed their investment and highlighted opportunities in other sectors.
In a diplomatic comment on the conflict across the border in Syria, Barzani said, “The Syrian issue can’t be solved through war, peaceful political dialogue needs to take place.”
The delegates later met with Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani. “IS militants can’t be defeated unless its ideology is fought and its financial sources cut,” President Barzani told the delegates.
Bogdanov stressed the necessity of having good ties with the Kurdistan Region, noting increased activity in the field of oil production.
Bogdanov pointed out that that terror is a serious threat to all the world and a strong international support is needed to destroy terrorism, “Counter-terrorism needs cooperation and unity,” he said.