Iraq buys Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, the Parliament said

BAGHDAD, (BM) – The Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Commission reported that the country’s national security adviser, during his visit to Moscow, was able to agree with the Russian leadership on the conditions for Russia’s supply of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems to the Arab country, learned according Fars Agency and Iranian newspapper Donya-e eqtesad news articles.

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The Defense and Security Commission in the Iraqi parliament has already announced the main results of the recent visit to Russia of the country’s national security adviser, Faleh al-Fayyad.

The representative of the National Security Commission, Karim Alevi, confirmed that Russia agrees to sell S-400 systems to Iraq, and all the issues and problems that existed here have been resolved.

The local Al-Akhad television channel, referring to Alevi, said that these steps of Iraq followed after being disappointed in Baghdad in the actions of the International Coalition to Combat IG * (a terrorist organization banned in Russia – ed.) Headed by with the United States, and also recognized as “false” the promise of the United States to arm the Iraqi army.

A member of the National Security Commission explained that the US promise of arms supplies to the Iraqi army, made back in 2003, remains unfulfilled so far. The representative of the Iraqi parliament also recalled that both the government and the parliament of Iraq “made their conclusions” after the false promises of the United States to supply arms to the Iraqi army and modernize the country’s defense power.

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Alevi also emphasized that as a result of this problem in Iraq, it was concluded that in order to obtain high-tech weapons, especially weapons intended for defense, in particular, S-400 complexes, it is necessary to begin negotiations with Russia. As a result, the country’s national security adviser was instructed to visit Russia to begin negotiations on the acquisition of S-400 MANPADS, as well as other weapons. The consent of Russian officials as a result of Al-Fayyad’s visit to Russia was obtained, Alevi emphasized.

However, Al-Fayyad made a trip to Moscow at the beginning of last September, when he also managed to meet with a number of Russian officials, in particular, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council and some other military leaders.

According to a number of observers, during the current visit of Al-Fayyad to Moscow, various issues of bilateral relations were also examined, opportunities for strengthening them were considered, however, negotiations on the purchase of high-tech missile systems by Iraq were a priority task of the visit.

It should be noted that negotiations on the purchase of anti-aircraft missile systems began just when the positions of the local Shiite militia Al-Hashd al-Shaabi were repeatedly bombarded in different parts of the country. As it became known, the attacks were carried out with the support of Israel, its allies in the region, in particular, the American military and militants concentrated here, belonging to Kurdish formations called the “Democratic Forces of Syria.”

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A number of official sources of the country, as well as local analysts, emphasized that the shelling was carried out not from the occupied “Palestinian territories”, but from completely different areas, in particular from the territory of eastern Syria, namely, from those areas that are controlled by militants of the “Democratic forces.”

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