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Putin, Erdogan discuss Kurdistan independence referendum in northern Iraq

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September 30, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Kurdistan independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan that took place on Monday.

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“I only want to repeat the words spoken by President Putin at yesterday’s news conference, that our position regarding Kurdistan is well known, it remains unchanged, it was expressed clearly in the Foreign Ministry’s recent statement,” Peskov said, adding “the discussion was in line with it.”

Russia made it known that it does not support the referendum, making it one of the last major states to announce it.

He also said it was pivotal “to prevent the government of Iraqi Kurdistan from making a still graver error,” referring to announcing independence.

“Moscow respects the national aspirations of the Kurds,” the ministry said in a statement. “We believe that all points at issue between Iraq’s federal authorities and the leadership of the Kurdish Autonomous Region may and should be solved through a constructive and respectful dialogue aimed at developing a mutually acceptable formula of co-existence as part of a unified Iraqi state.”

“We maintain our support for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of our friendly state of Iraq and other countries of the Middle East,” the ministry stressed.

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