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Iraq and Russia Negotiation on Purchase of S-300 Missile Defense System

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Iraq and Russia Negotiation on Purchase of S-300 Missile Defense System

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Iraq resumed talks with Moscow on the purchase of a S-300 missile defense system, the head of the Iraqi parliament’s defense and security committee, Muhammad Ridha told RIA.

He further emphasized that the contract on the purchase should’ve been concluded long ago.

“A few months ago, after attacks on the Shiite militia bases of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Baghdad and other provinces, the need for these weapons arose and the responsible party resumed negotiations on the S-300 contract,” Ridha said.

He didn’t specify what stage the negotiations were at, but he said that the Iraqi leadership had authorized it.

“We expect US opposition in this matter,” Ridha added.

He noted that earlier negotiations were suspended due to the position of Washington, which threatened sanctions against states that purchase Russian systems and weapons.

According to Ridha, there are already some Russian systems in Iraq’s air defense, but the country wants to acquire modern systems. In his opinion, the share of Russian weapons should exceed 50%, since it they are much cheaper than American-made ones.

In August there was a series of airstrikes on the bases of the militia Al-Hashd al-Shaabi. Reportedly, the attacks were carried out via Israeli drones.

There were no official confirmations or claims from militia leaders or other Iraqi officials, nor did Israel confirm any of the information. According to the version released immediately after the explosion, the cause of the tragedy was a violation of ammunition storage instructions.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi was created in the summer of 2014, after ISIS militants captured the Iraqi city of Mosul. The militia claimed that it consisted of more than one hundred thousand people. Separate units participated in battles in Syria on the side of the Damascus’ government forces.

This is another example of Iraq’s distancing from the US, which is completely expected, following Washington’s recent actions in the country. After all, the US struck the positions of Kata’Ib Hezbollah, which is a part of the Popular Mobilization Units and a part of the Iraqi military. It further assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on Iraqi soil.

Even prior to this calls for the US forces deployed in the country to leave have been rather common, as such it is no surprise that any threats of sanctions by Washington are simply disregarded.

In addition, Turkey purchased Russian S-400 missile defense systems, tested them successfully and plans to use them, all despite the United States’ continues attempts at pressure. It is fully expect for Iraq, and other countries to begin freely purchasing the cheaper (and often arguably superior) equipment that Russia sells, since the US hegemony appears to be waning.

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  • Mehmet Aslanak

    Impossible. Oil revenues can’t go anywhere other than the US. Soon you’ll see Iraq will be new Syria. Ruling elite of the US will arrange it with or without Trump.

    • Assad must stay

      fat chance mehmet

      • bob

        No he’s right,and it’ll be iran meddling in Iraqi affairs that will facilitate such a disaster

        • Ivanus59

          Here’s another trumptard bot to block (bob).

          • bob

            Just drop the I and v Ivanus, and what ya got?

          • Eskandar Black

            Bobby just here to root for ww3, feeling brave

          • bob

            I don’t want world war 3!

            however i really don’t see the value of the middle east being overrun by a bunch of theocratic idiots who’ll try and impose a religious dictatorship upon millions with the ultimate irony that this whole sorry house of cards will collapse under its own corruption and malicious intolerant behaviour

            This is the 21st century, we really don’t need lessons from a ” revolutionary ” religious dictatorship,this is the stuff of delinquents from the 19th century

            it isn’t the answer to their problems or a model which frankly has any success of being exported to other parts of the region,the Iranians need to grow up,open up and stop their religious intolerance,the mullahs are a brittle and antiquated clapped out failure,they need to step aside and let some younger more positive,frankly more intelligent people to have a go at government

            Finally this absolutely isn’t any form of progressive ” model” of multi polarity, its just big powerful countries, like China and Russia creating the same closed off and intolerant dynamic of the cold war,ie ‘ us and them’ stupid zones of influence for their own rather narrow objectives

            well ‘ they’ the Soviets and communists failed miserably last time, so i can’t see how the Islamic equivalent is gonna do much better this time!

        • Assad must stay

          Fat chance bobby boy

  • Free man

    All foreign forces should leave Iraq and allow it to be rebuilt in peace. But apparently Iran and the US won’t.

    • Issam

      Cute propaganda
      1- US and NATO occupuation forces are in huge numbers Iraq.
      2- Iran has no troops in Iraq.
      You are right, Foreign forces should leave Iraq!

  • jade villaceran

    they already know the capability of patriot thats why they opted to choose s300

  • FlorianGeyer

    The US continually witters on about the benefits of competition and price discovery in trade, when in reality the US desires to have a global trade monopoly with all the pricing power that that entails.

    The US then uses its military and financial weapons of war to enforce its monopolies around the globe.

    In simple terms, the US government is in effect a Zionist Protection Racket. Its as simple as that.

  • bob

    Russia really should stop selling this stuff to people who seem incapable of using it properly, you know shooting down civilian aircraft doesn’t count!

    • s300 is so bad that everybody wants one, haha

      • bob

        Yup i agree!

        You know it takes either real genius,utter desperation or total stupidity to sell state of the art,
        (so called,wink wink) weapons systems to your enemy!

        You know Russia sells its stuff to Turkey, a NATO member,what a fantastic opportunity for NATO to find out just about everything about how this system works,of course Erdogan is absolutely trust worthy and nobody in the country would dare to sell the Americans or its allies how this system works would they???….would they?

        No wonder this system is useless at shooting down Israeli jets, they already know how it works,Hahahahahaha

        • so useless israeli jets wont dare fly near syria, just fly around edged lobbing gliding bombs from distance, not bad if you ask me,

          • bob

            Whats not bad?

            I don’t understand you, according to all the hype these Russian weapons should be able to close down all the airspace,obviously they can’t

            But your comment still doesn’t address the fact that Russia has sold one of its best systems to a country in an organisation which represents an existential threat to Russia

            Thats just a dumb move by Russia in my opinion

          • yeah, your opinion is noted, you should write a letter explaining your concerns to putin

          • bob

            Oh Putin doesn’t care,as hell make a load of money for his cronies

  • Assad must stay

    Yes give to them asap

  • Xoli Xoli

    Putin sincerely wants Saudi Arabia,USA and all NATO puppets to have S400 and S500.He knows of cause NATO is tempering to know the tech involved.