Iraq Says Baghdad Moscow Intend to Fulfill $4Bln Arms Deal

The Moscow Times
Sunday 24th February, 2013

Moscow and Baghdad are going ahead with a more than $4 billion deal that would make Russia Iraq’s second largest arms supplier, Iraq’s foreign minister said Friday, contradicting reports the contract was scrapped over possible corruption. Iraq was a lucrative arms market for the Soviet Union but considered off-limits to Moscow following the 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein. “In principle, both sides intend to fulfill this order,” Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told Interfax. President Nouri al-Maliki last year announced the cancellation of the deal for military jets, helicopters and missiles …

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