Ankara prevede di chiudere il confine con il Kurdistan iracheno e di fermare il transito del petrolio in risposta al referendum sull'indipendenza. Lo ha detto il presidente turco Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Baghdad e molti Paesi si oppongono categoricamente alla consultazione. L’Iran e la Turchia hanno iniziato esercitazioni nei pressi dei confini del Kurdistan iracheno. “Si tratta di una questione vitale per noi, non permetteremo che si formi questa struttura, chiuderemo il confine, lo annunceremo questa settimana, e vedremo attraverso quali canali passerà il petrolio e a chi lo venderanno” ha detto Erdogan.

Ankara plans to close the border with Iraqi Kurdistan and stop the transit of its oil in response to the region holding a referendum on independence, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. A referendum on independence is taking place in Iraqi Kurdistan on Monday. Baghdad and many countries categorically oppose the referendum. Shortly before, Iran and Turkey began exercises near the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan, in addition, Iran closed its sky for air links with the autonomy. Official Baghdad demanded from foreign powers to transfer under its control all border crossings of Kurdistan and conduct all oil deals only with Baghdad. "This is a vital issue for us, we will not allow this structure to be formed. We will close the border, this week we will announce this. Let's see via what channels and to whom they will sell their oil. The valve is in our hands. As soon as we shut it, the work will end," Erdogan said at a meeting of ombudsmen in Ankara.