Russia warns Iraq, Kurds not to destabilize Middle East after Kurdish vote

MOSCOW - Russia on Wednesday warned Iraq and the Kurds against taking any steps that might destabilize the Middle East after a Kurdish independence referendum, encouraging both sides to hold talks to find a solution within the framework of a single Iraqi state.
The Russian Foreign Ministry, in the same statement, also said that while Moscow respected the Kurd's' national ambitions it favored preserving the territorial integrity of Iraq.
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