Russia Starts Fulfilling $4.2bn Iraqi Arms Order

By John Lee.

UPI reports that Russia has started fulfilling a contract to send attack helicopters and short-range air defense systems to Iraq.

Sergei Chemezov (pictured), Chief Executive Officer of Russian Technologies (Rostec), was quoted by state news agency RIA Novosti as saying:

"The contract is being implemented, the production (of ordered equipment) has started."

Iraq cancelled a $4.2-billion contract with Russia in 2012 following allegations of corruption, though the terms of the deal were renegotiated in early 2013.

Russia's weapons trade has come under scrutiny because of an ongoing relationship with the Syrian military.

(Sources: UPI, RIA Novosti)

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