Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that a referendum on independence in Iraqi Kurdistan is «treachery», and reiterated its readiness to shut off the Iraqi oil pipeline, AFP reported.
Erdogan earlier had threatened to launch against Iraqi Kurdistan sanctions in the event of a referendum, also said that as a result of a referendum in the region can begin the «ethnic war».
Earlier, the Turkish Parliament approved a decision allowing the government to send troops to Syria and Iraq.
A referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence was held on Monday, 25 September, despite the pressure of world powers and threat to the neighbors. According to the preliminary results, as expected, the majority of Kurds voted for independence in the region.
The Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi said that the Iraqi government will discuss with leaders of the Kurds the results of the referendum because, according to him, the referendum is «unconstitutional».