Iraq Currently Unable to Buy Russian Air Defense System: MP

Iraq is not currently capable of buying the Russian air defense system as the country is struggling with various economic and political issues, a lawmaker revealed on Saturday.

Nasir Harki, a member of the security and defense committee of the Iraqi Parliament, told BasNews that there are several other issues Baghdad is suffering from, including the deteriorated security situation, disputes among the political parties and elites, the affairs of the IDPs, and an economic crisis.

He said that Baghdad, therefore, “cannot allocate such a budget for buying a defense system.”

Harki noted that after a number of pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi’s weapon caches were targeted by airstrikes in Iraq, several lawmakers brought up the subject of purchasing the Russian air defense system.

He further reminded that there is a strategic security agreement between Baghdad and Washington to protect Iraq’s sovereignty. Source

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