When construction started on the Badra gas programme in the east of Iraq in 2015, the prospect of the facility’s startup two years later would have been seen as a good thing for both the Iraqi government and its international partners.
However, much has changed in Moscow-Baghdad relations in recent months, which made the joint opening of the Badra facility by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, his Iraqi counterpart Jabbar al-Luaibi and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on 6 December more tense than may have been...
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