Iraq is reported to have cancelled a series of arms contracts with Russia worth over three billion euros.
The deal was only signed by both country’s prime ministers last month.
The Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki says he has suspicions over corruption within his own team.
However, the Defence Minister has denied the deal has been cancelled. The prime minister’s spokesman says new negotiations are underway.
Precise details are not known, but it is thought the sales would make Moscow Iraq’s second biggest arms supplier. They are said to include attack helicopters and ground-to-air missiles.
Iraq’s principal supplier is the US. Analysts have suggested the Americans would not look kindly upon Baghdad buying in bulk from Moscow. At least one expert has said the real reason for contracts being cancelled is not corruption, but pressure from Washington.
Russia has been looking to renew its ties with Iraq, which were broken after Saddam Hussein’s fall from power in 2003. Moscow’s main ally in the region is Syria.
Copyright © 2015 euronewsMore about:
- 1No word on Japanese hostages after ISIL deadline passes
- 2Japan outrage at ISIL claims it has executed hostage Haruna Yukawa
- 3‘Russia needs to return Crimea to Ukraine,’ says Kyiv official
- 4At least 27 killed in rocket attack on Ukraine’s Mariupol
- 5US and EU officials condemn deadly rocket attacks in Mariupol
- 1Where do YOU rank on the world’s wealth scale?
- 2Kyiv claims victory in new battle for control of Donetsk airport
- 3Anti-Charlie protests turn violent in Niger, Pakistan and Algeria
- 4Pope Francis says Catholics don’t need to breed ‘like rabbits’
- 5Pupil power shames police in Nairobi as Kenyan school protest goes global
- 1The power of the pen: Cartoonists worldwide react to the Charlie Hebdo attack | euronews, world news
- 2euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 3Immigration, racism in sport and the rise of extremism – Cantona shares his views | euronews, interview
- 4[LIVE] 12 dead after gun attack at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo | euronews, world news
- 5[LIVE NOW] Massive unity rally in Paris, with similar marches in other French cities | euronews, world news
- 6Muslim groups fear backlash after terrorist attacks in Paris | euronews, news
- 7[LIVE] Confusion over reports two killed in Paris shootout, as police close in on Charlie Hebdo suspects | euronews, world news
- 8Medieval Bruges is to get its own underground beer pipeline | euronews, world news
- 9Almost four million turn out for unity rallies across France | euronews, world news
- 10International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 11“ISIL is the baby of George W Bush” | euronews, news
- 12NewsWires : euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 13A defiant Charlie Hebdo: it’s not the front page the terrorists would’ve wanted | euronews, world news
- 14Key questions around the Charlie Hebdo killings go unanswered | euronews, world news
- 15France: Angouleme council takes down anti-homeless cages around benches after outcry | euronews, world news
- 16HarperCollins wipes Israel off the map | euronews, world news
- 17euronews apps : iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Nokia S40, Nokia Asha, Smart TV and Google Glass
- 18eurovibes - a selection of Europe’s best music talent
- 19Grim task of retrieving bodies after wreckage of missing AirAsia plane found | euronews, world news
- 20Charlie Hebdo: Israeli paper deletes women from Paris march | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 12:48 CET President Poroshenko says de-escalation is priority in east Ukraine
- 12:35 CET Bombs kill 11 at central Baghdad restaurants
- 12:12 CET France plans labour reform bill after failed union-employer talks
- 12:03 CET After a bear hug, Obama irons out deals with Modi in India
- 11:35 CET Suspected Boko Haram militants attack major Nigeria northern city
- 11:29 CET Australian police probe Labor Party member over Syria conflict
- 10:54 CET Qatar-based cleric urges protests in Egypt on uprising’s…
- 10:31 CET Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win