BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.)- The head of the Security and Defense Committee in the Iraqi parliament, Mohammad Reza, confirmed on Thursday the ongoing negotiations between the Iraqi and Russian sides to purchase the S-300 system.

Reza said in a special statement to Sputnik Arabic: “This issue was supposed to take place a long time after Hashd Al-Shaabi was targeted in Baghdad and other provinces several months ago, when this weapon was needed, and the responsible authorities have moved to revive negotiations with the concerning S-300 contract.”

When asked where Russia and Iraq are in the negotiations, the Iraqi MP said, “I do not frankly know the stage the negotiations have reached because I am not involved in them, but I know that there is approval from the high leadership to start these negotiations.”

Reza also expressed his belief that Russian armaments and training are more flexible and less expensive than American armaments and handling.

In this regard, Reza pointed out that “Iraq must move to raise the level of armaments of the Iraqi Army with Russia to more than fifty percent in order to equal the other side with regard to the sources of armament, and we are sure that the Russian armament and Russian training are more flexible and less expensive than the armaments and the American dealings “.

Regarding whether Washington would oppose this deal, Reza stressed, “Yes, we expect American opposition, and in fact this issue was suspended due to the opposition of the American side, but Iraq must move in this direction, especially since the relationship in the field of armament with Russia is old and appropriate for Iraq,” pointing to “The Iraqi air defense systems of the American type that currently exist in Iraq are rudimentary, and we have a more developed and more extensive Russian system that now works for the Iraqi air defense and is distributed in important places, even in sovereign places, but we aspire to purchase the S-300 system” .

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Earlier, Igor Kurushchenko, a member of the General Council of the Russian Ministry of Defense, announced that Iraq could improve its air defense system with the help of the Russian S-400 missile system .

Korushchenko confirmed that the killing of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani at the hands of the U.S. Armed Forces during an air raid on Iraq indicates that Baghdad needs to improve their air defense systems.

Kurtchenko told Sputnik: “Iraq is Russia’s partner in technical military cooperation, and Russia can send the necessary means to ensure the country’s sovereignty and reliable protection of the airspace, including the supply of S-400 missiles and other parts of the air defense system, such as Buk-M3. Tor-M2 and others.

In recent years, Russia has supplied Iraq with the heavy-duty flamethrower TOS-1A Solentbek, Mi-35 and Mi-28NA attack helicopters, Su-25 aircraft, T-90 tanks, and the Panzer-S1 artillery missile defense system.

 

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S-300 is the best after S-400.Good tool for zionist agressor’s aviations.

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Never shot down any Israeli aircraft. In fact, S-300 didn’t shot down anything since its 1978 introduction and so is it for S-400 which is nothing else than S-300PMU3 renamed for commercial purposes!

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It’s Pantsir, not Panzer! Panzer is the German word for tanks!
S-300 is not the best your money can get. France+Italy have better and cheaper. And at least France helped Iraq at getting rid of ISIS while Russia didn’t moved the little finger 😉

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Me thinks soviet.russians build better systems than psuedo nwo inferiors who only boast big words yet never condescend to put it up the test for example several f117s shot by 50s designed soviet s125,and the array of f22s allready? Comfirmed painted by russian defense systems,deep state hyeenas whoms foreign ngos were hit by advanced intelligence and to the fact how effective 75%+ s200 systems were against erm latest and shiniest cruise missles back then the signs are obvius indeed,just like all troops surviving usa javelins in soviet tanks,imagine todays 1500 bhp super tanks,but no you mock them too,which is why… Read more »

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1.) A single F-117 was shot down, and even the Serbian colonel admitted it was mostly a lucky shot that was made possible by some USAF negligence, e.g. using the same flight-path every day. 2.) We don’t use F-22, we have something better than it. 3.) S-200 only managed to shoot down 3 aircraft over 53 years of use, one was an Ukrainian airliner, another was the friendly fire onto the Russian AF Il-20M spy-plane about to land in Hmeimim and with hundreds launched onto Israelis, wow, they finally managed to shot down a single Israeli F-16 after 35 years…… Read more »