Russia to Fulfill All Military Contract Obligations with Iraq

PARIS, June 18 (RIA Novosti) – All the military contract obligations with Iraq will be fulfilled, Igor Sevastyanov, the head of the Russian delegation to the Eurosatory 2014 international defense and security exhibition and deputy director of Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport told journalists Wednesday.

“Everything that has been signed will be carried out in accordance with the contractual agreements, except for force majeure circumstances,” said Sevastyanov.

International defense and security exhibition Eurosatory 2014 opened on June 16 in Paris and will go on till June 20.

Russia and Iraq signed a package deal on military technical cooperation in 2012, worth $4.3 billion. The deal included the export modification of Russia’s night-time strike helicopter Mi-28N, dubbed “Night Hunter” and Mi-35 attack helicopters, a total of 40 aircraft. In November 2013 Iraq received the first batch of Mi-35 and in January 2014 – Mi-28N.

In the light of sanctions against Russia several NATO politicians criticized France for fulfilling the contract with Russia on Mistral warships, requesting to stop military cooperation with Moscow. Later Russian President Vladimir Putin met with French President Francois Hollande to discuss the prospects of bilateral relations. There were no public announcements after the meeting.

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