The Iraqi Parliament has revealed that Russia will provide military aids to the Iraqi forces fighting against Islamic State (IS).
Member of Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Security Affairs Askandar Watoot told the Turkish Anadolu Agency that Russia has agreed to arm Iraqi security and militia forces through providing standard arms.
The shipment’s date of arrival has not been revealed yet.
However, the MP said, there is no official agreement between Baghdad and Moscow to purchase Russian fighter jets.
A Spokesperson for Iraqi Defence Ministry, Ali Naseer, said last week that two Mi-28NE attack helicopters have already received by Baghdad. The “Night Hunters” are part of a military agreement between Baghdad and Moscow for purchasing modern arms and equipment.
Attempting to step up its role in the region, Russia recently formed a coalition with Iraq, Iran and Syria to fight the Islamic State, hoping to overtake an international coalition led by the US.