Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak attends the 15th International Energy Forum Ministerial (IEF15) in Algiers, Algeria September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
BAGHDAD - 7 December 2017: Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak did not discuss operations by Russian oil companies in Iraq's Kurdistan region with the Iraqi prime minister or oil minister during his trip to Iraq, the Iraqi oil ministry said on Thursday.
"Anything contrary to that means these entities are liable for all the consequences, legal and financial responsibilities, and damages resulting from that."
Novak had tweeted on Wednesday that the government of Iraq had no objections regarding operations by Russian oil companies in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.