Baghdad seeking ‘substantial’ Russian military & political presence in Iraq – vice-president

Baghdad seeking ‘substantial’ Russian military & political presence in Iraq – vice-president

Russian military and political presence in Iraq would bring balance to the whole Middle Eastern and North African region, Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi vice-president, said during his visit to Moscow.

“It’s well known that Russia has historically strong relations with Iraq, therefore we would like Russia to have a substantial presence in our country, both politically and militarily,” al-Maliki said during his meeting with the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament, Valentina Matviyenko.

“This way, a balance would be established that would benefit the region, its peoples and its countries,” he added.

The vice president said that Baghdad wants to boost relations with Moscow as it believes “in Russia’s role in solving most of the key international issues as well as improving stability and balance in our region and worldwide.”

Matviyenko, in turn, praised the commitment of the current Iraqi authorities to widening their cooperation with Moscow.

“Russia is also determined to expand its interaction with Iraq both politically and economically as well as in the military-technical sphere, and, of course, on the parliamentary level,” she said.

In his talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, earlier Monday, al-Maliki stressed that a Russian presence in Iraq would bring the balance which couldn’t be “undermined in a political sense in favor of any external party.”

“Today we need Russia’s greater involvement in Iraqi affairs, especially in the energy field. Now when we are done with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Iraq needs investments in energy and trade,” he said.

Earlier in July, the Iraqi authorities announced that the last IS stronghold in the country, Mosul, had been fully liberated from the terrorists, following an eight-months-long campaign backed by the US-led coalition.

Al-Maliki told Lavrov that Moscow and Baghdad “should enhance… cooperation in countering terrorism in the region.”

“We believe that both our countries are targets for terrorists and those who stand behind them,” al-Maliki said.

READ MORE: ‘The liberation of Mosul has come at an incredibly high cost’ – Human Rights Watch

Moscow supports the efforts of the Iraqi authorities to “normalize the situation in the country, first of all aiming at eradicating the terrorist threat,” Lavrov said.

It’s vital that Baghdad’s struggle isn’t carried out in isolation, but is carried on in the context of international efforts to eradicate the terrorist threat across the globe, including in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and other countries, the Russian FM added.

READ MORE: Iraqi PM congratulates military on ‘victory’ over ISIS in Mosul

Al-Maliki is also travelling to St. Petersburg, where he’s expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

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6 Responses to "Baghdad seeking ‘substantial’ Russian military & political presence in Iraq – vice-president"

  1. GRAFFITI  July 26, 2017 at 2:29 am

    JoeTV , Plane Loads of $100. Bills Stacked on Pallettes were Shipped to Iraq to buy the Consent of Community Leaders so as to Ensure Path of least Resistance. Some Soldiers Reported that while Standing Guard at the room full of cash the Soldiers played Football with Bundles of Cash to pass the time. Also Every Murderous action of Each USA Soldier got them a Cash bonus at the end of the day at the Base , USA Awards Murders with Cash to maintain Chaos & Control over the INVADED .

  2. joetv  July 25, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Who knows who is who? The amounts of cash, wood pallets stacked high with real dollars, which the USA intentionally delivered to banks in Iraq, to be intentionally stolen, at gun point or not, and used to buy loyalty if only temporary . Enough cash to bribe anyone. So Maliki may not be clean. He would be stupid to not take his. But does working the system make him a bad guy? Now he has his, now an equal among thieves he can work towards a proper legacy. It is what it is. Business.

    • Gary Kraut  July 26, 2017 at 1:03 am

      Hey joe, please let me know that you had a bit of a bad time on the 25th. of July at around 10:25 am, and that you therefore had to imbibe a fair bit of the strong stuff.

  3. davor  July 24, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Smart observation by al-Maliki, in theory of course. Remains to be seen how his country might get rid of the chief regional and global racketeers and all the perpetual international illegality of its military bases. Perhaps the Afghan “peace” corps could realize the same thing?

  4. S J  July 24, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Maliki came from a street vendor in the ghettos of Iran into a prime minister of Iraq. From day one he declared that he reports to Iran not Iraq..so he is a traitor by default. During 8 yrs of his 2 terms as PM, he only hired thieves and incompetent ministers, causing the loss of 800 billion US$, and the destruction of health and education systems in Iraq. This is one of the most hated politicians in Iraq. Russia should not entertain this crook instead he should be put in jail.

    • Gary Kraut  July 25, 2017 at 1:17 am

      …ahhhhh, enjoy it. A fresh breath of truth a day keeps the psychiatrist away.

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