After Turkey, Russia offers advanced S - 400 Missile defence system to another Islamic Country
ISLAMABAD - According to Joey Hood, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, Iraq’s possible acquisition of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems link could trigger US sanctions. “We advise our partners not to make such purchases”, he said. “The Americans cannot stop Iraq. They can strengthen existing sanctions”, Russian political analyst and military expert Ivan Konovalov said.
“The relations between Iraq and the United States have worsened after the murder of Qasem Soleimani. The Americans conducted a military action on Iraqi territory; in response, Iraq demanded that American troops withdraw from the country. In turn, Trump demanded that they pay for the presence of American troops and the base that they have built”.
The expert believes that the current events around Iraq potentially purchasing S-400s only exacerbate the situation, Sputnik has reported.
“If the Americans try to hamper this deal by closing Iraqi dollar accounts, they’re unlikely to succeed. Iraq can resort to payments in national currency; we already see this in India and China, Turkey is also preparing for this.
They may try to increase sectional pressure on Iraq, but they will definitely have to withdraw their troops from the country”, he noted.
“If the Americans leave Iraq, that will indicate that their invasion in 2003 was in vain; that their soldiers died in vain, that everything that happened during so many years was in vain”.
In turn, Iraqi strategic expert Wasiq al-Hashimi said that the Iraqis need to weigh all the pros and cons, because purchasing weapons is a very complicated issue link that is closely linked to politics.
“The issue of weapon acquisition is complex. If US troops leave the country, there will be problems with American F-16 aircraft, since the contract with the Russian side hasn’t been concluded. For any country, it is best to purchase weapons from different countries in order to avoid pressure in the future”, he said.