Russian arms due in Iraq by this summer

Russian arms due in Iraq by this summer
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Published March 5th, 2013 - 14:14 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Iraq will receive Russian arms by the summer, the Iraqi foreign minister said on Monday (Image for illustrative purposes)
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Iraq will receive deliveries of attack helicopters and air defense systems from Russia before the start of summer, the Iraqi foreign minister said Monday.

Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the arms would be delivered before the beginning of the summer at the latest, RIA Novosti reported.

The announcement came after Iraq's acting Defense Minister Sadum al-Dulaymi denied reports in November Baghdad was canceling a $4.2 billion arms deal with Russia over concerns about corruption.

Russia and Iraq had reached a deal for Russian Mi-28NE attack helicopters and Pantsyr mobile air-defense systems in October but an Iraqi spokesman said shortly afterward the deal was on hold.

Zebari said Monday Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters from the United States were due to be begin delivery in 2014.

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