MESOP : FROM PUTIN WITH LOVE ! – Iraq asks for new aircrafts from Russia

24.07.2014 – BasNews, Baghdad – Iraqi government has asked Russian government for more military support in its fight against extremist groups in Northern Iraq.

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki sent delegates led by the Defense Minister of Iraq Saadun Dulaimi to Moscow to entreat Russian President Vladimir Putin to help armor them with military goods and new aircrafts. Spokesman of Defense Minister Mohammed Askari stated that Dulaimi, in his visit to Moscow, will also give a letter to Putin from Maliki which formally requests the military goods and discusses the safety situation in Iraq.“Maliki has asked Russia to quickly send military needs to Iraq as well as new and modern aircrafts and military goods,” said Askari. Since the beginning of the instability in Iraq resulting from the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), Russia has provided special military aircrafts to Iraq to use it against the ISIS group.