"It happens so that Iraq and Syria are the zone of airstrikes against Islamic State. Events in Syria, of course, have their impact on Iraq. We believe that Russia’s participation in the fight against terrorism will have a positive effect on the situation in Iraq," the spokesman explained to RIA Novosti.
He said that Iraq has been unable to drive ISIL out of areas on the border with Syria, and "if Russia joins in airstrikes, this will also help us combat terrorists more effectively on the Iraqi territory."
Asked if Baghdad planned to appeal to Moscow with the same request, the Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman said military cooperation between the two nations was limited to intelligence exchange, but added that any decision to invite the Russian air force to launch air strikes against ISIL militants on Iraqi soil would be taken on the highest level.
A US-led international coalition has been conducting air raids against ISIL positions in Iraq since August 2014.