KIRKUK — Turkish government will possibly not cut the Kurdish oil flow from Kirkuk to its port of Ceyhan since Turkey is significantly benefiting from the export, said a Turkmen official.
“Turkey and Kurdistan Region have many common interests, especially in trade and economy sector,” said Karkhi Alti Barmagh, Chairperson of Turkmen Democratic Movement.
He further explained that a huge number of Turkish companies are now operating inside the Kurdistan Region, and the rate of mutual trade between the sides is estimated at $6 billion.
Majed Bazargan, another Turkmen politician in Erbil, told BasNews that Turkey and Kurdistan Region have long ago passed the level of their strategic ties where they could trigger tensions.
According to Bazargan, Ankara is legally not able to halt Kurdistan Region’s oil export due to the fact that they have a contract for 50 years, from which both of the sides benefit equally.
Since the independence vote in Kurdistan Region on 25th September, Turkey has taken an opposing position via media only, but it seems reluctant taking any practical measures against Erbil.