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The United States warns Iraq of the "consequences" of buying Russian S-400 systems

14:00, Friday, 23 February, 2018
The United States warns Iraq of the "consequences" of buying Russian S-400 systems

Washington warned on Thursday that Iraq and other countries were behind the
     consequences of buying deals for Russian weapons, according to the CAATSA Act.

In response to a question on the possibility of acquisition of Baghdad's S-400 air defense systems, US State Department spokesman Heather Neuert said the United States was talking to many countries, including Iraq, to explain the significance of the law and the possible consequences of these countries holding defense deals with Russia.

Neuert said she did not know whether the deal was signed between Iraq and Russia on the "S-400" systems or not.

Earlier, the head of the Russian Federation's Defense and Security Committee, Victor Bondarev, said Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Egypt were candidates for Russian S-400 systems. The Russian ambassador to Baghdad, Maxim Maximov, reported that the Iraqi side is in the process of issuing new applications for the purchase of Russian-made weapons and may include the S-400 systems as well.

On August 2, US President Donald Trump signed the law "Countering America's Enemies Through Sanctions" against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

In the autumn of 2017, the US administration published a list of personalities and companies operating in the Russian defense and intelligence sectors, each of which deals faces US sanctions.

The US State Department announced that the US law, which came into force on Jan. 29, had inflicted a loss of about $ 3 billion on the Russian military industries, a figure that Victor Bondarev said was "taken from a vacuum."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described US sanctions against the Russian military industry as "unfair competition" aimed at keeping Russian arms out of the market in a blackmail way.

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