03/03/2021

Iraq threatened with sanctions if it buys Russian missile defense systems

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The United States, through its ambassador in Baghdad (Iraqi capital), Matthew H. Tueller, threatened to impose strong sanctions on Iraq if it were to acquire anti-missile defense systems from Russia, Saberin News reported on its Telegram account on Sunday. , citing Iraqi sources.

This threat, according to the media, forced Iraq to buy six Ground Master 400 radars from France, which are less efficient than Russian systems.

Iraqi airspace is vulnerable to the invasion of aircraft due to the lack of military radars and adequate air defense systems, the Iraqi parliamentarian denounces that the US has made it impossible for Iraq to buy the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system, an act of interference in Baghdad affairs.

Recently, complaints have increased in Iraq about the need to purchase robust defense systems to protect the country’s airspace. In particular, following the assassination of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution Corps (IRGC) of Iran, the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Units (Al-Hashad Al-Shabi, in Arabic ), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and his companions in an attack with unmanned aircraft (drones) perpetrated by the United States in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

Iraq, like Turkey, has been attracted to the Russian market to buy air defense systems, in order to defend itself against eventual attacks. The Iraqi authorities have mentioned on several occasions that they have a legitimate right to import any weapon from any country.

Iraq already has several Russian helicopters of the Mi-35M and Mi-28N models, Sujoi Su-25-type assault planes and other military equipment, such as T-90S class tanks, which it used in its fight against the terrorist group Daesh. , Whose defeat was declared at the end of 2017.