Naked Capitalism has reprinted the article How Russia Is Using Oil Deals To Secure Its Influence In The Middle East.
Here is but one example mentioned in the article.
By taking over part of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s distribution burden, Russia is helping the semi-autonomous zone bypass potential hurdles with Baghdad, which controls the flow of oil through crucial pipelines. Disagreements between the Iraqi capital and Erbil regarding oil export contracts have caused pipeline closures in the past. With a new ally in Russia, the KRG can devise new ways to get their oil products out without having to negotiate with the Iraqi government, buttressed by the U.S.
<sarcasm>I’ll bet you are shocked to find out that geo-political game we are playing with Russia is all about oil. Of course the real reason we are now enemies with Russia is because they took the Crimea back. That in itself proves they hacked the DNC email to tell us the truth about the DNC.</sarcasm>