September 30, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has warned companies against shipping oil to and from Iraqi Kurdistan “until further notice” following on from the region’s unconstitutional independence referendum held on Monday, Iranian news agencies reported on Saturday.
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This is the latest blow to Iraqi Kurdistan that has been barred from receiving or departing international flights and has had its international border with Turkey taken over by Iraqi federal authorities, rendering the region isolated.
“Given the recent developments in the region, it is suitable that international transportation companies and drivers active in this field avoid loading and carrying oil products to and from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region until further notice,” a directive by the ministry’s Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization said.
It remains to be seen how the Kurdistan Regional Government will respond to the latest move that seeks to completely isolate the region that is yet to declare independence since the referendum results were in favor.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.