The Russia announced Tuesday, October 9 have signed with Iraq of arms contracts totaling more than $ 4.2 billion, and again becoming a supplier of the most important weapons in this country, after the United States. This announcement comes as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki , on a visit to Moscow.
According to a statement from the Russian government, Iraqi delegations made several visits to Russia this year to negotiate a series of arms contracts signed during the second half of 2012.
"The members of the delegation are familiar with Russian military production, discussed technical and commercial proposals for the delivery of Russian equipment [...] and signed a series of contracts for more than $ 4.2 billion dollars " , 3.3 billion euros, he wrote.
The document states that the negotiations took place in April, and in July and August but did not indicate what type of weapon it is. Only the Russian business daily Vedomosti mentioned including 30 helicopters Mi-28 and 42 systems-air missiles Pantsir-S1.
RENEWING LINKS WITH IRAQ
Russia seeks to revive the lost ties with the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq was an ally during the Soviet era. "Russian-Iraqi ties in the past were very close and strong. I 'm sure it will be so in the future. There is a willingness of both parties to develop and strengthen our relations " , Maliki said, according to Russian news agencies.
The energy sector should also be addressed, the Russian giants Gazprom and Lukoil eg having invested heavily in the Iraqi oil sector. According to Russian news agencies, the first Russian private oil company, Lukoil, announced Tuesday that Iraq has given its approval to a draft of its consortium with Japan's Inpex Corp. to explore a block with an area of 5 500 km 2 in the south.
The conflict in Syria should also be at the heart of the visit of Mr. Maliki. Russia, traditional ally of Damascus, has blocked any binding resolution to date against the regime of Bashar al-Assad , in fact seeks support against the West.