Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Moscow is going to supply military goods to Baghdad, while speaking at a press conference in the Iraqi capital on Monday.

“We have one point of view that we have to stick to the decision of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation meeting, which took place in April which is to carry out contracts on Russian military goods supplies to Iraq,” Lavrov said.

His counterpart Mohamed Ali Alhakim said they have discussed “the trade and economy cooperation, investment cooperation and partnership” with Lavrov before the press conference.

In February 2018 then-Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari allegedly confirmed during his visit to Moscow that Baghdad was studying the possibility of buying the Russian S-400 missile defense system.

In September 2019 Iraqi Ambassador to Moscow Haidar Mansour Hadi denied that Baghdad is in talks with Moscow over the supply of S-400.

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