Don’t talk about religion, politics or Kurdistan

The investment of Russian companies in the Kurdistan region of Iraq has drawn ire from Baghdad The investment of Russian companies in the Kurdistan region of Iraq has drawn ire from Baghdad.
By The Wildcat 15 December 2017 0 28797
Iraq's Badra gas plant. The Badra gas plant in Iraq. (Gazprom)

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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