US threats over Baghdad’s S-400 procurement detached from reality: Iraqi MP
An Iraqi lawmaker has dismissed US threats to impose sanctions on Baghdad over its procurement of advanced Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems, saying such pressure is far away from realities on the ground.
“US sanctions on Iraq need the approval of decision-making bodies in that country,” Ali al-Ghanmi, a member of the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, said in an interview with Arabic-language Baghdad Today news agency on Thursday.
On January 10, Iraqi lawmakers said the government had decided to move forward with negotiations to buy Russian S-400 air defense missile systems in response to concerns the US may withdraw its support for Baghdad.
Abdul Khaleq al-Azzawi, another Member of the Iraqi Parliament's Security and Defense Committee, said, “We authorized the prime minister to get air defense weapons from any country he wants and we authorized him to spend the money for it, from any country, from Russia or anyone.”