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Iraq resumes negotiations with Russia on S-300

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Baghdad resumed talks with Moscow on the purchase of S-300 anti-aircraft systems , told RIA the head of the Iraqi parliament’s defense and security committee, Muhammad Reed.

He noted that this issue should have been resolved a long time ago.

“A few months ago, after attacks on the Shiite militia bases of al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Baghdad and other provinces, the need for these weapons arose and the responsible party resumed negotiations on the S-300 contract,” Reed said.

The interlocutor of the agency noted that he did not know what stage the deal was at, but the Iraqi leadership authorized it.

“We expect opposition from the United States on this issue,” concluded Reed.

In August, a series of airstrikes against the militia bases al-Hashd al-Shaabi took place. As then, RIA was informed by a member of the Iraqi parliament Abdulhalik al-Isawi, the United States confirmed that Israeli drones struck.

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi was created in the summer of 2014, after the militants of the IS captured Mosul, the second most important city in Iraq. The militia claimed that it consisted of more than one hundred thousand people. Separate units participated in battles in Syria on the side of official Damascus.

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