Lavrov discussed with the head of the Iraqi foreign Ministry the situation surrounding the invasion of Turkey into Iraq

Lavrov discussed with the head of the Iraqi foreign Ministry the situation surrounding the invasion of Turkey into Iraq

MOSCOW, December 12. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a telephone conversation with the head of the Iraqi foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari expressed support for the development of the situation around the illegal entry of Turkish troops to Northern Iraq. This was reported in the Russian foreign Ministry.

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“The Russian side expressed firm position of principle in support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, and that Iraqi authorities are taking in this regard in accordance with international law and the UN Charter”, – informed in depodesta.

The Turkish military in Iraq

4 December, Turkey launched a group of armed forces, including some 130 troops, tanks and artillery, in the camp of the Kurdish militia “Peshmerga”, where trains Kurdish fighters for attacks on Mosul, captured a terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). The next day the Iraqi foreign Ministry summoned Turkish Ambassador in Baghdad and demanded that Turkey immediately withdraw from Northern Iraq territories.

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Ankara said that the troop movement was routine and consistent with the Iraqi authorities. She refused to withdraw already there divisions, but halted further deployment of troops.

On Tuesday, the permanent representative of Iraq said that Baghdad is trying to resolve the situation with Ankara through bilateral dialogue and noted that he has no plans to go to the UN security Council. However, on Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country will continue to train Kurdish militias and is not going to withdraw from Northern Iraq of its military.

On 8 December the UN security Council at Russia’s initiative hosted a private discussion of the actions of Turkey. According to its results, Russia’s permanent representative Vitaly Churkin expressed hope that the international response “cool hot heads in Ankara” and they will not be making “new reckless steps”, including in Syria.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).