Russia backs 'territorial integrity' of M.East states

Kremlin spokesman does not comment on Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government's upcoming independence referendum

Russia backs 'territorial integrity' of M.East states

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russia supports the territorial integrity of the states in the Middle East, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday. 

"Undoubtedly, Russia's position in favor of preserving the territorial integrity of the states in the region remains unchanged," Peskov told reporters.

Moscow believes the efforts to stabilize the situation in the region can be continued on the basis of preserving the territorial and political integrity of the states, he added.

Peskov declined to comment on the controversial planned referendum for independence in northern Iraq, saying: "I would rather leave this question unanswered."

Slated for Sept. 25, the non-binding referendum will see residents of Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Iraq vote on full independence from Baghdad.

Turkey, the U.S., Iran and the UN have all joined Baghdad in speaking out against the poll, saying the vote would distract from operations against ISIL and lead to greater instability in the region.

The Iraqi central government has threatened to intervene militarily if the vote results in violence. Kurdish Regional Government President Masoud Barzani has said a Yes vote would not initiate a declaration of independence but would lead to negotiations with Baghdad.​

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2017, 17:31