Iraqi Kurds visit Russia amidst ongoing Mosul offensive

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Source: ARA News

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa on Tuesday met the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov, to discuss bilateral cooperation and the current situation in Iraq and Kurdistan.

The two officials discussed the role of Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS to liberate Mosul, Erbil-Baghdad ties, humanitarian challenges facing the KRG, and post-ISIS governance and stabilization.

The KRG delegation is on a three-days visit to Russia focusing on increasing bilateral ties, especially with regard to energy cooperation between Erbil and Moscow. Since August 2014, Gazprom Neft started drilling in Kurdistan and has reportedly increased its profile in the region.

Moreover, Russia started to supply the Kurdish Peshmerga with weapons since March 2016, in agreement with Baghdad.

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