Russia Warns Iraq, Kurds Not to Destabilize Mideast After Kurdish Vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
Kurds celebrate to show their support for the independence referendum in Duhok, Iraq, Tuesday. (Reuters/Ari Jalal)

Russia on Wednesday warned Iraq and the Kurds against taking any steps that might destabilize the Middle East after a Kurdish independence referendum, encouraging both sides to hold talks to find a solution within the framework of a single Iraqi state.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in the same statement, also said that while Moscow respected the Kurds’ national ambitions, it favored preserving the territorial integrity of Iraq.