The Future of Iraq’s Oil Is Russian

Smoke billows from a fire that broke out at the North Oil Company installations in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, on Aug. 29. Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images


Despite ongoing protests in Baghdad, which have seen the departure of many foreign diplomats for security concerns, Russia has doubled down. Not only has its embassy stayed open in the recent weeks of turmoil, but its foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, also...