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Iraq studies issue of Russsia's S-400 purchase 'very carefully'

February 27, 21:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The diplomat says when the Iraqi government decides to buy S-400, the deal will be announced

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MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Baghdad is thoroughly studying the issue of buying Russia’s S-400 missile systems, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told reporters on Tuesday following meeting of the Russian-Iraqi Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

"The issue is being studied in every detail," he said. "All necessary decisions aimed at strengthening Iraq will be made after that."

"Unfortunately, Iraq sustained substantial losses in the fight against terrorism," the minister went on to say. "Today we are ready to take any steps that will ensure our security."

Meanwhile, Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Haidar Mansour Hadi told reporters that the issue was not discussed during the meeting of the Russian-Iraqi intergovernmental commission held in Moscow. "There is no delegation in Moscow now to purchase S-400," he said.

"When the Iraqi government decides to buy S-400, of course, this will be announced, and the issue will be discussed by the two countries," the diplomat added.

Head of the Iraqi parliament’s Defense and Security Committee Hakim al-Zamili earlier said Iraq seeks to have the S-400 missile systems at its disposal to protect its territory from aerial threats.

On Tuesday, Moscow hosted a meeting of the Russian-Iraqi Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation co-chaired by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

Russia’s S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) long-range air defense systems are capable of destroying aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and surface targets.

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