Washington warns Iraq and other countries against buying Russian weapons

Washington warned Iraq and other countries of the consequences of concluding deals to buy Russian weapons, according to the CAATSA Act.

In response to a question about the possibility of Baghdad acquiring the S-400 / Russian air defense systems, State Department spokesman Heather Noiret confirmed at a press conference yesterday that “the United States is talking with many countries, including Iraq, to explain the significance of the law and the possible consequences of holding these countries Defensive deals with Russia. “

“I do not know whether the deal was signed between Iraq and Russia on the S-400 systems or not,” Noiret added.

“Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Egypt are candidates for the Russian S-400,” said Viktor Bondarev, Head of the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federation Parliament.

For his part, Russian Ambassador to Baghdad, Maxim Maximov, said that the Iraqi side is in the process of issuing new applications for the purchase of Russian-made weapons and may include the systems, “S-400” also.

On August 2, US President Donald Trump signed the law “Countering America’s Enemies Through Sanctions” against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

In the autumn of 2017, the US Administration published a list of personalities and companies operating in the Russian defense and intelligence sectors, each of which faces deals with US sanctions.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described US sanctions against the Russian military industry as “unfair competition” aimed at keeping Russian arms out of the market in a blackmail way.

Lavrov said that Washington is seeking to persuade Latin American, Asian and African countries to abandon the purchase of Russian military weapons and equipment in return for compensating them with American alternatives.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency