Skip to comments.[Iraqi PM] Maliki in Russia for huge arms deal, Syria agreement
Posted on 10/09/2012 5:06:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Russia eyes a record arms deal and rare agreement over Syria on Tuesday when it hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the first time in almost four years.
Maliki arrived in Moscow for three days of discussions Monday that media reports speculated would conclude with the signing of a $4.3 billion arms deal that makes Russia Iraq's biggest supplier after the United States.
But that contract and talks about new energy tie-ups were likely to create only the background to a strong common stance against any form of outside pressure on Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad to leave power.
"The stance of Iraq calls for finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and it is opposed to violence ... for solving the crisis," Maliki said in a recent television interview.
"Iraq has not intervened in Syria on behalf of the regime's interests, or for the interests of the armed opposition." Talks set for Wednesday will thus offer President Vladimir Putin a rare chance to showcase a key regional power as an ally of his refusal to press for Assad's resignation or let the opposition gain the upper hand after 19 months of fighting.
Russia views Syria as its last major Middle East outpost and has most recently refused to condemned its volleys of fire into Turkish territory that have edged the two sides ever closer to an all-out war.
Meanwhile, Maliki also intends to use his visit to wean off his nation's overwhelming dependence on US weapons and technology.
A noted military analyst and the Vedomosti business daily both reported that the $4.3 billion negotiated arms agreement involves 30 Mi-28 attack helicopters and 42 Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air missile systems.
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I haven’t clicked on the main link yet because I keep getting a ‘blocked’ notification. I hear this deal also includes the MIG-29M and SU-35, which is BAD. Really Bad. You know, for helping to establish a ‘sovereign nation,’ you would think the Iraqis would come to us for an arms deal. Thanks to you know who and his lack for strengthening ties, keeping the Iranians and Russians out, we will now have another player getting more Russian equipment in the Middle East.
I think this is the entire text anyway. :’)
Oh, and I just noticed, the source/author s/b AFP.
obama is absolutely, totally, F**king incapable of doing anything right.
The man is without a doubt the biggest moron on the world stage.
He, his chicago buddies and whoever is pulling his puppet strings have set this country back years, if not decades.
The “you know who” I’m thinking about is Bush. We should own the country and all the damned oil.
Thanks, I’m glad someone said that.
There was an article in Foreign Affairs recently saying the U.S. was falling behind in international arms sales because weapons produced by the defense industry were too sophisticated and costly for Second and Third World countries.
The premise was that during the Bush years the Pentagon was spending so much for advanced weapons that arms makers neglected the international market which normally was a staple. Russia, China, Israel and even South Korea were happy to take up the slack.
Precisely - reestablishing old ties.
I believe Second World = Warsaw Pact.
Latest crawler on Fox - Iraq to sell US made weapons systems to Iran including tanks and fighter planes ... needs money for Russian weapons systems. Iran agrees to deal
Assume tanks are M1AIs and planes are F16s. But don’t know for sure these are the weapons to be sold.