Russia helpfully offers to sell S-400 air defense system to Iraq

Russia helpfully offers to sell S-400 air defense system to Iraq
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[Ed. – Putting more Russians in Iraq, and the S-400 in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, along with the S-300 PMU-2 in Iran.  Guaranteed: feeding your local system’s air picture to Russia is a tacit if not explicit understanding of these transactions.]

Amid confusion and uncertainty about the future of the U.S. military’s presence in Iraq, Russia has unsurprisingly swooped in to re-up its offer to sell the country S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems, as well as other air defense weapons. The U.S. government’s recent decision to kill Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian commander responsible for overseeing assistance to terrorist and militant groups overseas, has raised the potential for the Iraqi government to expel American forces, which would open up a vacuum that Russia and others are already looking to fill.

Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti reported this week that the Kremlin had offered S-400s to Iraq to “ensure the country’s sovereignty and reliable protection of airspace.”

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