By John Lee.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced that scheduled non-stop flights between Baghdad and Moscow will resume in August.
Azzaman reports that the agreement comes amid reports that Iraq is keen to expand its traditional ties with Russia, which was the country’s main supplier of arms, adding that an arms deal, which was shelved on suspicion of corruption, is to be revived.
Direct air links, according to Maliki, were necessary to facilitate movement of entrepreneurs, industrialists and businessmen between the countries.
Russia’s oil majors are involved in oil development contracts in Iraq worth billions of dollars.