Russia urges Baghdad and Kurdish region to co-exist in a unified state

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September 27, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has urged for  the Kurdistan Regional Government and the federal authorities of Iraq to co-exist as a unified state when making comments about Monday’s unconstitutional Kurdish independence referendum on Monday.

“Moscow respects national aspirations of 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.

Russia urged that the competing parties “avoid everything that poses the risk of further complicating and destabilizing the Middle East region, which is already overburdened with conflicts.”

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