IZMIR — Senior Russian presidential official confirmed on Wednesday that Iraq will receive a large number of Russian T-90 tanks by the end of 2017.
According to Vladimir Kojen, Russia's presidential assistant for military cooperation, who spoke to the Russian Izvestia newspaper, he could not state the exact number of T-90 tanks that would be sent to Iraq, but said that the dispatch comes as part of a new deal between the two countries.
Kojen further added that the tanks were the beginning of a series of military equipment intended for Iraq. However, the Russian official did not mention the price for the deal, but the newspaper estimates it to be worth more than $1 Billion, IraqiNews reported.
Moscow vowed several times in the past that it would continue assisting Iraq in the war against the so-called Islamic State (IS). Back in 2016, the Russian military opened a base in Baghdad, and provided tons of anti-chemical weapons kits to the Iraqi forces in the year before.