Media: Iraqi Kurdistan expects Russian investments

© AP Photo / Hasan JamaliНефтяная tower. Archival photoMedia: Iraqi Kurdistan expects Russian investments© AP Photo / Hasan Jamali

Iraqi Kurdistan at the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF) will ask Russia to invest in its oil and gas facilities, wrote in a Wednesday newspaper «Izvestia» with reference to the political adviser of the Vice-President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Dera Amin.

«Erbil wants to encourage Moscow to begin to invest more in the oil and gas industry of Kurdistan. It will also discuss the issues of deepening of economic ties,» — leads edition the words of Amin.

He added that the parties also intend to exchange intelligence needed to combat terrorist group «Islamic state»*.

«It is quite understandable that, in addition to support from the United States, the Kurds are seeking help from the Russian Federation. Erbil wants to begin to communicate with Russian intelligence needed in the fight against terrorism,» the adviser said.

In addition, according to a senior source, «Izvestia» in the Russian and Kurdish diplomatic circles, the parties in the course of the forum will exchange views about the upcoming and Iraqi Kurdistan referendum on independence.

Earlier, the Russian foreign Ministry reported that Lavrov will hold on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg international economic forum meeting with the Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Barzani Nechervan. According to Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, the parties plan to discuss the situation in the region, the operation of the US coalition in Iraq and the situation around Mosul.

*A terrorist organization banned in Russia

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