Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

Iraq Inks $4.2Bln Arms Deal

Iraq recently signed contracts to buy weapons from Russia worth more than $4.2 billion, according to a Russian government document issued Tuesday at a meeting between Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

President Vladimir Putin vocally opposed the U.S-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, but Moscow has since sought energy and arms deals with Baghdad, and the contracts mean Iraq is now one of Russia's biggest weapons buyers.

The contracts were signed during visits to Russia by Iraq's acting defense chief in April, July and August, the document showed. It gave no further details.

(Reuters)

Related articles:

Read more

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times needs your help more than ever as we cover this devastating invasion and its sweeping impacts on Russian society.