Putin Offers Iraq's Maliki 'Complete
Support' Against Jihadists
June 21, 2014 "ICH"
MOSCOW: Russian President
Vladimir Putin on Friday offered Iraqi
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Moscow's total
backing for the fight against jihadist
fighters who have swept across the Middle
confirmed Russia's complete support for the
efforts of the Iraqi government to speedily
liberate the territory of the republic from
Kremlin said in a statement following a
phone call between the two leaders.
Maliki, increasingly under pressure at home
and abroad, told Putin about steps the Iraqi
government was taking to turn back a
lightning offensive by the radical Islamic
Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), that has
overrun swathes of northern and central
was noted that the activities of extremists
conducting military operations on the
Syria has taken on a cross-border
character and now threaten the security of
the whole region," the statement said.
conversation came after
President Barack Obama stopped short of
acceding to Maliki's appeal for air strikes
against the Sunni Muslim insurgents,
prompting neighbouring Shiite Iran to charge
that Washington lacked the "will" to fight
Friday the Kremlin's top foreign policy
Yury Ushakov told journalists that Putin
would soon hold phone talks with Obama, in
part, about the situation in Iraq.
has blamed the latest violence sweeping
Iraq on the 2003 US-led invasion of the
country and said that any strikes on
jihadist forces would have to be authorised
by the United Nations.