Russian expert: Washington will prevent Baghdad from buying weapons from Moscow

Russian expert: Washington will prevent Baghdad from buying weapons from Moscow

09/10/2012 12:11:26

MOSCOW (Iba) … Scheduled to meet Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister see al-Maliki, who is currently visiting Russia and looking with military-technical cooperation between the two countries. Before meeting on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss economic cooperation and military technical cooperation between the two countries.

The Information Service of the Russian government in a press statement that the talks between the presidents of the Governments of Moscow and Baghdad will address the issues of cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, energy, like that military-technical cooperation.

Media reports said earlier that the Iraqi Prime Minister will discuss during his visit to Moscow the possibility of buying Russian weapons totaling $ 5 billion U.S. dollars.

And learned Vedomosti Amooskovih of source institution mic Russian had been preparing an agreement to supply weapons to Iraq. At information to the paper, Defence Minister Saadoun Dulaimi visited Russia early last summer and had a look on the products a number of factories Military Production Russian including MiGs.

The director of the Center for Global Trade Analysis weapons expert Igor Korothenko told RIA Novosti news agency that the United States will prevent Iraq from importing large shipments of Russian weapons.

The expert said that Russian arms sales to Iraq during the past four years amounted to 246 million U.S. dollars while the U.S. arms sales to Iraq 6.56 billion dollars. Pointing out that Iraq has not contracted by Iraq to buy Russian weapons during the years 2012 – 2015. This means that the United States controls on Iraqi imports of weapons.

As an expert in the Oriental Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Sotinekov it through to the newspaper Vedomosti hope not oppose the United States to conclude Iraq arms deal with Russia, saying that the United States sees an interest in stabilizing the situation in Iraq.

On the same level, the Kremlin said in a press statement issued today that Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with al-Maliki is located in Russia on a working visit at the invitation of the first on Wednesday.

Will address the meeting, they discussed opportunities for the development of Russian cooperation – Iraqi political, economic, with a focus on examining the possibility of increasing investment cooperation and the participation of Russian companies in projects Russian joint Iraqi-important, particularly in the field of energy, as well as on regional and international issues and developments in the Middle East and especially in Syria.