MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow has said that it does not rule out further military clashes in northern Iraq.
"The aggravation of the military-political situation in the north [of Iraq] on 16.10 as the authorities regained control of the city of Kirkuk. It is possible that the fighting will continue," the Situation and Crisis Center of the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.
At the same time, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has reiterated that Russia had military-technical cooperation only with Baghdad, emphasizing that Moscow considers the Kurdistan region a part of Iraq.
Baghdad had gained control over all oil fields in Kirkuk earlier in the day.
The conflict between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan worsened in Kirkuk following the referendum on independence, which was held by the Kurds without the consent of the Iraqi authorities on September 25.