Putin, Iraqi Vice President Maliki Meet Near St. Petersburg

Putin, Iraqi Vice President Maliki Meet Near St. Petersburg”

The Iraqi leader, who landed in Russian Federation on 23 July for a visit until 26 July, is set to hold formal talks with President Vladimir Putin today (25 July). Al-Maliki, the leader of the Rule of Law parliamentary coalition, also met parliament speaker Valentina Matviyenko during the first part of his visit.

"At the time when we were subjected to a fierce massive attack with political goals as well as consequences to [the situation] the region and the worldwide situation, I mean the fight against terrorism, Russian Federation took an honorable, honest position and agreed to accelerate the supply of weapons, on the purchase of which we had agreed earlier", Maliki noted.

During a meeting with Iraq's vice president near Saint Petersburg Tuesday, Putin said the situation in the Middle East is complicated, but the two countries must work together.

"The Iraqi society is against foreign military bases on the country's territory", al-Maliki noted, adding that he has already warned the Americans against "coming back to Iraq and setting up bases here".

Putin said during the talks that Moscow and Baghdad "have a great deal yet to do" to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation.

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