Kurdistan announced on Saturday that it welcomes any support provided by Russia for its Peshmerga forces in the fight against the Islamic State, but called for coordination between Russia and the international coalition in the war on the group, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported.
“The Kurdistan region welcomes Russia if it helps the Peshmerga in the war against Daesh,” the office of President Masoud Barzani said in a statement.
“The Kurdistan Region welcomes any country or party that would help the Peshmerga against Daesh and in this light we welcome Russia’s participation,” the statement added.
“The Peshmerga forces have managed to defeat Daesh on the ground on several occasions, as the Kurdistan Region is considered one of the key participants in the coalition forces in the war against Daesh.”
The statement added: “If the agreement took place on the joint work between coalition countries and Russia together, against Daesh, we will get better and faster results certainly.”
The Ministry of Peshmerga announced on Wednesday that it was not part of the recently established coalition which includes Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria to exchange intelligence on Daesh.