the Iraqi Authorities are mulling the possibility of purchase of Russian antiaircraft missile systems With-400 “Triumph”. According to deputies of the Iraqi Parliament, the government decided to continue negotiations about purchase of s-400 in response to the concern that the US may refuse to Baghdad in its support.
“We are negotiating with Russia about s-400, but no contract has been signed yet, — quotes The Wall Street Journal a member of the Committee of the Iraqi Parliament’s security and defense Karima Alavi. — We need to get these missiles, especially after the Americans have many times disappointed us, not helping us to get the proper weapons.”
Other members of Iraq’s Parliament reaffirmed that the Committee on security and defence appealed to the representatives of the defense Ministry of the country asking for negotiations with Russia to purchase air defense systems.
“We have authorized the Prime Minister to buy air defence systems from any country he wishes, and authorized him to spend money on this, said Committee member Abdul Haleck al-Azzawi. — Russia or anything else.”
the WSJ failed to get comments from the Iraqi Ministry of defense, the Pentagon and the US state Department, press Secretary of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov or of the state Corporation “rostec”.
the intention of the government of Iraq to buy Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-400, said in may last year, Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Haidar Mansour Hadi. According to Alive, three months ago, negotiations on the supply of these systems, Russia was visited by adviser to Iraq’s national security. However, negotiations prevented a government crisis in Iraq and the resignation of the Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.
the Fifth of January, the deputies of the Parliament of Iraq voted for an instantaneous end to foreign military presence in the country. Later, acting Prime Minister of Iraq Abdul-Mahdi called for US troops to leave his country to “andto avoid further tensions with Iran.”
Earlier shipment of anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 “Triumph” totaling about $ 2.5 billion acquired from Russia, Turkey. In the summer of 2019 all elements of the systems were sent to Turkey and on alert these SAM must intercede in June 2020.