Iraqi PM visits Russia in pursuit of military support

The visit came in response to an invitation last month from Russian President Vladimir Putin and also coincides with the fall of Ramadi city to ISIL.

Iraqi PM visits Russia in pursuit of military support

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi headed to Russia in an official visit late Wednesday, as he seeks more arms to fight ISIL.

The visit came in response to an invitation last month from Russian President Vladimir Putin and also coincides with the fall of Ramadi city to ISIL.

“The security fallouts will put the arming file on the top of the issues to be discussed by al-Abadi in Moscow,” a source from the Iraqi council of ministers, who preferred not to divulge his name, told.

Iraq has a security agreement with the U.S., but the country is looking for alternatives, especially in terms of upgrading its air force.

“Iraq is interested in buying helicopters and developed weapons from Russia,” a government source told “The deal may be worth $3 billion.”

Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June 2014 when ISIL stormed the northern province of Mosul and declared a self-styled caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

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