Iraq says it needs Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft defense system to defend against air attacks. That displeases the United States.
Iraq is seeking to acquire Russian S-400 air defense systems Triumph to defend its territory against air strikes, said Saturday the chairman of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee, Hakim al-Zamili.
“Terrorism is targeting our country in sacred places. There are warning signs that the risk of terrorists using planes to attack these places is high. This raises concern in the country, as after the attack on the holy sites of Samarra “says Hakim al-Zamili.
According to the Iraqi deputy, the United States does not want Iraq to equip itself with S-400 defense systems. Rather, they want Iraq to “stay the same to allow the United States to realize its plans. That is why Iraq must have its own anti-aircraft systems. It’s our right to get them. ”
In response to the Iraqi government’s decision, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert warned on Thursday (February 22nd) of the potential consequences of Baghdad’s purchase of these Russian S-400 systems. and in a more general sense, the signing of military agreements with Russia.
Earlier this month, the chairman of the Defense Committee of the Council of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, designated Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Egypt as potential buyers of these systems defense.