ERBIL — Russia will connect Kurdistan Region’s oil and natural gas pipelines to the Black Sea via Turkey, said Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Sunday.
“We will connect the Kurdistan Region’s oil and gas pipeline to the Black Sea. It is an indication that the export of the Kurdistan Region’s crude oil will continue to flow through Turkey,” Novak revealed to Kurdistan24.
The remarks by the Russian official come amid Ankara’s continuous threats of cutting Kurdistan Region’s oil exports which go on the international market via Ceyhan port.
A day earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Sputnik that Moscow will continue developing economic ties with Erbil “but, for sure, in coordination with the Iraqi government”.
Several Russian companies, including giant oil firm Rosneft, are now operating across Kurdistan Region.