Iraq’s ambassador to Russia: S-400 purchase 'not on the table yet'

Iraq is not discussing the purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, Iraq’s ambassador to Russia told Rudaw on Thursday, following rumors Baghdad is in the market for such a system to counter recent Israeli airstrikes on Iraqi territory. 

“There haven’t been and there aren’t any discussions or consultations between the Iraqi government and the Russian government concerning the acquisition of S-400 weapons,” the Iraqi ambassador said.

During a lecture at the Valdai International Discussion Club on Iraq-Russia relations in Moscow on Thursday, the Iraqi ambassador said Baghdad is eager to maintain its cooperation with Russia.