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The first result of the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum was seizure of the disputed territories and even a part of the autonomous district by the Hashd al-Shaabi controlled by Iran and the regular Iraqi army. Incidentally, the bone of contemption of it, the Kirkuk oil-exploration region, was left by the Kurds short of war.

Last week the king of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud visited Moscow. This visit was prepared for about 2 years, and everytime the visit was postponed due to the reasons uncontrolled by the Russian party. The press of Saudi Arabia called the visit a historical one before the negotiations and said that “It will set the record straight In the political, economic and strategic issues related to the Syrian problem, oil market as well as military cooperation of Russia and Saudi Arabia, including the one in the sphere of nuclear energy”. (inosmi.ru) The Russian observers took a more reserved position in their evaluation.