The Iraqi government is interested in buying the S-400 air defense system from Russia to defend the country’s airspace, the head of the parliament’s defense and security committee, Hakim al-Zamili, has said.
In an interview with Sputnik, the director of the Iraqi Security and Strategy Center, Muataz Mahi Abdel Hamid, said that Iraq needs to diversify its arms imports and buy more Russian-made weapons, which were widely used by the country before 2003.
“The Iraqi leaders realize the need to turn to the Eastern military strategy (and its Eastern partners). The Western military strategy which we started implementing after 2003 has proved inefficient and unable to ensure adequate control over military operations,” he said.
He mentioned that “a number of regional countries” do not like the notion of Iraq turning into a springboard for a possible attack on Israel or other neighboring states.
He believes that in view of existing hurdles, no deal on the purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia can be signed any time soon.
“It looks like Iraq will remain poorly armed just like it was during the long and exhausting war against terrorists who have occupied a mere third of Iraqi territory,” Muataz Mahi Abdel Hamid concluded.
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