Iraq to buy air defence system and narrows down candidates to three countries
Bader Al-Ziyadi, a member of the security and defence committee in the Iraqi parliament, said in a press statement that this year's budget would not cover the cost of new air defences but that the country needs such a system.
He said that Iraq could buy the military equipment from Russia, France, or South Korea.
"Iraq needs a sophisticated air defence system," covering the full extent of the country, said Al-Ziyadi.
Iraq has been in a state of conflict and instability since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, almost all due to internal fighting.
Hakim Al-Zamili, an Iraqi MP and a former head of the security and defense committee, previously told RT that negotiations were taking place between Baghdad and Moscow on the possible purchase of Russia's S-400 missile system.
Such a deal could subject Iraq to US sanctions though, as has happened to Turkey when it bought the S-400 air defence system.