Baghdad in Talks with Moscow to Buy S-300 Defence Systems - Iraqi Envoy to Iran

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S-300 Favorite surface-to-air missile systems during a bilateral drill of air defence and aviation forces of the Western Military District - Sputnik International
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TEHRAN (Sputnik) – On 9 January, Iraq’s Parliament Security and Defence Committee chairman, Mohammad Ridha, said that Iraq and Russia had resumed talks on an agreement to purchase S-300 defence systems.

Iraq’s Ambassador to Iran Saad Jawad Qandil confirmed on Monday that Baghdad was currently negotiating the purchase of S-300 air defence systems from Moscow.

"It is possible that Iraq will buy the systems," Qandil said.

He noted that Iraq was seeking to diversify its weapons imports, adding that Baghdad had arms-transfer agreements with Moscow.

Iraq’s Parliament Security and Defence Committee chairman previously sought to purchase the Russian systems but talks were stalled amid sanctions threats from Washington.

The committee chairman stated that the share of Russian weaponry in Iraq's air defence forces should exceed 50 per cent, noting that Russian armaments are cheaper than their American analogues.

The S-300 is a long-range surface-to-air missile system, initially designed in the USSR in the late sixties, and first deployed in 1979.

According to International Assesment and Strategy Centre, a US-based think tank, the S-300s are one of the most capable air defence systems currently in service.

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