BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:29 A.M.) – The Russian Foreign Ministry has released an official statement which rejects attempts by the Kurdistan Regional Government to unilaterally cede from Iraq.
The foreign ministry statement says that whilst Russia respects Kurdish desires for an independent nation, it does not believe that such a goal should be achieved at the risk of further destabilizing an already war-stricken Iraq.
Russian foreign ministry officials are concerned that the brazen separatist actions of the Kurdistan Regional Government will only serve to encourage more conflict and political insecurity.
According the Russian foreign ministry, the issue of Kurdish independence in Iraq should be discussed through “constructive and respectful dialogue” and solved in a way that maintains the integrity of a unified Iraq.
The Russian statement comes after 90 percent of Iraqi Kurds living under the Kurdistan Regional Government apparently voted in favor of breaking away from Iraq in order to form an independent Kurdish state.