Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – The Iraqi parliament has contacted the government to inquire whether it entered into negotiations with Russia to purchase the S-400 missile defense system, a lawmaker said on Monday.
MP Fateh Younes, a member of the parliament’s defense and national security committee, told Sputnik that a letter was sent to the government “seeking clarification on talks with the Russian side over the S-400 system.”
He added that his panel “has no knowledge about such talks with Russia” to purchase the long-range interceptor-based air defense system, but he expected the government to respond to his panel’s letter in two days.
A former Iraqi lawmaker claimed on Saturday that Iraq and Russia began negotiations over a deal to supply Baghdad with the missile defense system.
“Iraq is negotiating a deal to purchase the S-400 missile defense system from Russia,” Hakem al-Zamly, the former chairperson of the parliament’s security and defense committee, told Russia Today TV channel.
The deal “is very important for Iraq and is scheduled to come into effect in two years,” he added.
S-400 entered into service with the Russian armed forces in 2007. The system is capable of hitting targets at heights up to 30 kilometers within a range of 400 kilometers. It is designed for supersonic targets and chemical attack air defense.