From Russia With Love

By John Lee.

A high-level Iraqi delegation visiting Russia has made quite a stir this week:

The Iraqi delegation was headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hoshyar Zebari; Chairman of the Advisers Council at the Cabinet, Dr. Thamer Al Ghadban; Legal Advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr. Fadil Mohammed Jawad; Chairman of the National Investment Commission, Dr. Sami Al Araji; and Iraq’s Ambassador to Russia, Fayek Neroy.

But taking the long view, the closeness between these countries is nothing new, and indeed Putin was keen to point out that "regrettably, we are still quite far from the trade level that had been achieved in 2003"; in other words, under the regime of Saddam Hussein.

While Iraq needs to maintain friendly relations with as wide a range of countries as possible, this rekindling of old relationships has certainly raised some eyebrows in the West.

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