“Iraq will go towards purchasing S-300 and S-400 from Russia to keep its airspace safe from any foreign aggression,” Al-e Haider told the Arabic-language Wa’a news agency on Tuesday.
“If the US does not support us in having air defense systems, Iraq will buy the Russian systems,” he added.
Iraq has repeatedly asked to buy updated air defenses and weaponry from the US, but they have been turned down the requests.
In 2018 Iraq was also reported discussions with Moscow concerning buying the S-400 system.
The S-400 was developed to destroy drones, ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and fighter jets. Russian media claims it is superior to French or American made alternatives.
UK military expert Richard Connolly at Birmingham University seems to agree, “The Russians and before them, the Soviet Union were always leading in missile technology. The reason for that was that the Americans and the West produced better aircraft.