Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd)
â€“ Kurdistan Region Prime Minister
Nechirvan Barzani met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines
of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
President Putin valued the development of ties between the two sides,
particularly in the economic field.
Noting that terrorism has become a global issue, President Putin
praised the Kurdistan Region for the way it has been conducting the
fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, ISIS.
Regarding cooperation in the field of energy, President Putin said that
he supports the agreements signed between the Kurdistan Regional
Government and the Russian oil companies. He expressed his support for
further strengthening these relations.
Prime Minister Barzani expressed his appreciation for the warm
reception and his pleasure to further developing the relations between
Russia and the Kurdistan Region.
He reiterated his governmentâ€™s support
for Russian companies wishing to invest in various fields in the
He also thanked Russian President for his
countryâ€™s support in the war against
Prime Minister Barzani and Russian Energy Minister agree to expand ties
Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani
andÂ Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novakand agreed to
expand relations during a meetingÂ on the sidelines of St.
Petersburg International Economic Forum.
In the meeting, Prime Minister Barzani called for further strengthening
the relations between the Kurdistan Region and Russian Federation,
especially economic ties.Â Mr. Barzani said that his
government is ready to provide assistance to Russian businesses
interested in investing in the Kurdistan Region.
While highlightingÂ the expansion of relations between Russia
and the Kurdistan Region, Minister Novak said that his government
encourages Russian compaines to do business in Kurdistan, especially in
the oil and gas sector.
Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Minister of Natural Resources
Ashti Hawrami and Government Spokesperson Safeen Dizayee are
accompanying Prime Minister Barzani in his visit to Russia.
Russian oil companies Gazprom and Rosneft have invested in the
Kurdistan Region’s oil and gas sector.Â