Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of 'counter-measures' against Kurdistan referendum

Rosneft spokesperson Mikhail Leontyev

Rosneft spokesperson Mikhail Leontyev

Massoud Barzani, president of the KRG, said a "yes" result would instead kick-start "serious discussions" with Baghdad.

He added that the referendum would lead to the emergence of new threats against the Kurdistan region and make the situation a lot more complicated. "If you do this unilaterally, you're going to be in the same position you're in now - de facto controlling territories that nobody else recognizes that you're in charge of", Natali said.

"Barzani wants to use the process of independence through nationalistic sentiments [to bolster his support]". This is evident from the fact that United States and the global community have spent billions over the past decade to rebuild, strengthen and increase nation-building institutions, and yet despite this the Baghdad government still gives favouritism to its neighbouring Iranian ally.

The court took the decision after it "reviewed requests to stop the referendum", the statement said. The MGK was supposed to meet on September 27 but has been brought forward to September 22 in order to allow Turkey's top civilian and military officials to ponder over actions to be taken against the KRG's referendum.

"I think the instability of this dynamic is particularly worrying, and regional interference could serve to raise tensions and potentially ignite conflict, rather than dampen down the chances", he said.

"Will [Ankara's] actions match [its] rhetoric?" A spokesperson for the party has told reporters Saudi Arabia has been banned from attending the ceremony because of evidence of war crimes committed by the Kingdom in Yemen. His comments came hours after Turkish military leaders released images of their forces conducting large-scale military drills along one of the major commercial border crossings between Turkey and northern Iraq.

The United States also opposes the referendum, warning that it may not be able to help Iraq's Kurds negotiate a better deal with Baghdad if they go ahead with the vote. Though independence remains the proclaimed goal of Iraqi Kurdistan, Mr. Barzani himself has often signalled compromise. "Those Iranian backed militias can also cause a lot of mischief", Cook said. However, al-Abadi said such negotiations would likely be complicated by the referendum vote.

According to industry sources, the Russian government has pledged over $4 billion in under a year, with Russian state oil giant Rosneft last week announcing its latest investment of approximately $1 billion created to help the region develop its natural gas industry for domestic supplies and eventual export.

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