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Prime Minister Barzani meets Russian President Putin
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) “ 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 governments support for Russian companies wishing to invest in various fields in the Kurdistan Region. He also thanked Russian President for his country support in the war against ISIS terrorists.
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 meeting 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.