September 27, 2017 / 7:13 AM / 2 years ago

Russia warns Iraq, Kurds not to destabilize Middle East after Kurdish vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Wednesday warned Iraq and the Kurds against taking any steps that might destabilize the Middle East after a Kurdish independence referendum, encouraging both sides to hold talks to find a solution within the framework of a single Iraqi state.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in the same statement, also said that while Moscow respected the Kurds’ national ambitions it favored preserving the territorial integrity of Iraq.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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