Putin Meets with Iraqi Vice President

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 26, 2017

Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Director Dmitry Shugaev said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi Vice President Nouri Maliki discussed the issue of supplying Russian T-90 tanks delivery to Iraq. Al-Maliki, the leader of the Rule of Law parliamentary coalition, also met parliament speaker Valentina Matviyenko during the first part of his visit.

In 2014, the new wave of violence in Iraq erupted when the Islamic State terror group, banned in Russian Federation, launched a full-scale offensive in the northern and western parts of the country, seizing vast territories. "This way, a balance would be established that would benefit the region, its peoples and its countries", said the Iraqi vice president as he prepares for talks with Putin in St Petersburg. He added that Baghdad wants to strengthen its bilateral relations with Moscow and believes "in Russia's role in solving most of the key global issues as well as improving stability and balance in our region and worldwide".

"The Iraqi society is against foreign military bases on the country's territory", al-Maliki noted, adding that he has already warned the Americans against "coming back to Iraq and setting up bases here".

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