The KRG’s Natural Resources Ministry, which until recent weeks was declaring the imminent start of exports outside federal control, refused to comment on whether or not Kurdish oil had entered Turkish territory in the past week despite Baghdad’s objections.

The KRG has interpreted remarks in recent days by Deputy Iraqi Prime Minister Husain al-Shahristani, the strongest opponent in Baghdad to the Kurdish export plans, as a softening of the federal government’s position. (CONTINUED - 1816 WORDS)