Moscow is holding negotiations with Iraqi authorities on the possibility of moving the Russian embassy, which currently occupies a building in Baghdad’s Mansour district, to a safer area of the Iraqi capital city, local media reported, citing a Russian diplomatic source.
"The negotiations to provide Russia with a new site for the embassy in Baghdad are underway. In general, the Iraqis are ready to provide it. We are now assessing the propriety of accepting the site that the Iraqi authorities are proposing as this depends on the safety and the type of construction", the source told press. The source added that it was dangerous to stay in the current Embassy building, and only men without their families were sent to work there.
Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov (pictured) has reaffirmed Moscow's support for the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Following a meeting in Moscow between Bogdanov and the chief of Iraq’s anti-terrorist service Talib al-Kenani, Bogdanov also stated that Russia opposes any external interference in Iraq's internal affairs. He also said that that Russia will help to enhance the anti-terrorist capabilities of the Iraqi government.
For his part, al-Kinani said that Baghdad highly valued the cooperation with Russia in the anti-terrorism fight.