Erbil-Sputnik. Lavrov arrived in Baghdad on his first visit to Iraq in five years and held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, Foreign Minister Ali al-Hakim and Iraqi President Barham Salih. North of the country.
After talks with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, Russian Foreign Minister expressed his country's satisfaction with the completion of the formation of the government in Iraq, as well as the election of a regional leadership in the autonomous Kurdish region, pointing to the improvement in the normalization of relations between Baghdad and Erbil.
In May 2018, a high-level delegation from the Kurdistan Region, led by Barzani, visited Russia and met there with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
In February, Masrour Barzani met with Lavrov on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, where they discussed cooperation between the parties and "terrorist" threats.