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    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Moscow on May 21-23. Russia and Iraq are expected to discuss military and technical cooperation.

    The Iraqi government plans to purchase weapons and military equipment from Russia, Iran and China within its plan to diversify arms supplying sources, Salim Shuki, an Iraqi lawmaker from the "Civilian" bloc, told Sputnik.

    "Iraq plans to diversify its arms supplying sources and considers buying arms from Russia, China and Iran. The issue has taken shape due to the United States’ delays in the implementation of the agreement on strategic security cooperation. The country also wants to strengthen its armed forces to fight against ISIL," the lawmaker said.

    Currently, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan is on official visit to Iraq. The two countries discuss bolstering cooperation in defense as well as way to counter terrorism and restore peace and security in the region.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Moscow on May 21-23. Russia and Iraq are expected to discuss military and technical cooperation.

    Earlier, Iraqi sources told Sputnik that the country may purchase Russian weaponry worth up to $3 billion in the near future.


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