Baghdad is negotiating the purchase of s-400, said the foreign Minister of Iraq

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Mangalapura in photobackpack air defense s-400 Triumph. Archival photoBaghdad is negotiating the purchase of s-400, said the foreign Minister of Iraq© RIA Novosti / Alexei Mangalapura the image Bank

Iraq is negotiating the purchase of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-400, the obstacle to this are the possible sanctions from the United States, told RIA Novosti the Minister of foreign Affairs of Iraq Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

«We would like to buy any gun that will strengthen Iraq’s security and armed forces of the country. At the same time we respect regional and international obligations. On the way (purchase – ed.) With 400 there are a number of obstacles. The Iraqi side continues to carry on negotiations, when a final decision is made, it will be considered. We said earlier that to be ashamed of won’t, and frankly that Iraq has taken this decision», — said the Minister.

He noted that an obstacle to purchase s-400 is a «veto». The Minister replied in the affirmative to the question implied a veto from the United States.

The Ambassador of Iraq in Russia Haidar Mansour Hadi on Tuesday, denied in comments to RIA Novosti reports on passing now in Moscow the negotiations on missile systems With-400, but did not exclude them when making Baghdad the decision on the procurement.

The official representative of US state Department Heather Nauert commenting on a possible deal between Iraq and Russia for the acquisition of s-400, said Thursday that Washington and Baghdad warns other countries about the possible consequences in connection with the adopted law «On combating the enemies of America through sanctions» (CAATSA).

Earlier, the head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Bondarev told RIA Novosti that Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Egypt are possible candidates for purchase in Russia air defense missile systems s-400. The Russian Ambassador in Baghdad Maxim Maximov in turn, said that the Iraqi side received new bids for the purchase of arms of the Russian producers, among them, probably the s-400.

The Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called U.S. sanctions against the military-industrial complex of the Russian Federation unfair and unscrupulous competition attempting to displace from the market by blackmail, explaining that parallel Washington tries to convince the countries of Latin America, Asia and Africa to abandon the purchase of Russian military equipment and weapons and promises to compensate for the lack of appropriate equipment with their products.

Baghdad is negotiating the purchase of s-400, said the foreign Minister of Iraq© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Podwyzki 400 cause for concern