Talabani reserved criticism for Russia's stance towards Iraq, saying "Russia is still not engaging in friendly politics with us. If Russia does not change its stance soon, it can forget about trade with Iraq."
Talabani noted that a period of new realities had begun in the post-Saddam atmosphere of Iraq, saying "Iraq's neighbor Turkey, claiming it is defending the Turkmen in Kirkuk, indicates that it has some rights over Kirkuk. In the same way, both Syria and Iran have their eyes on Iraqi soil. And if Russia does not change its views, which are left over from the Saddam era, any effect it might have on the region will completely disappear."