A Russian Energy Firm Boosts the Political Power of Iraq's Kurds
Sep 19, 2017 | 15:32 GMT
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- Russian state energy firm Rosneft's relationship with Iraqi Kurdistan will expand dramatically with the construction of a natural gas pipeline to Turkey.
- Iraqi Kurdistan has relied on Turkey in the past to export its oil, but the new natural gas pipeline will increase Turkey's dependence on the autonomous region.
- Turkey will welcome an alternative to Iranian and Russian natural gas, though buying from the Kurds will limit its influence over them.