OminousSpudd wrote:Iraq does not feel alienated by Russia. The intel-sharing Russia set up with them during the beginning of the Syria ops was proof of this (much to the chagrin of Uncle Sam). Besides, Russia was the one that jumped in and supplied the hardware when the US was unwilling to do so, if Iraq is in a desperate position again, Russia will help.KiloGolf wrote:sheytanelkebir wrote:no money... and Russia is not giving credit (their economic situation doesn't allow them either). This leaves Iraq with getting US and Chinese credit for armaments.
That's quite foolish of Russia, they have the cash for it.
They just don't spend them on Iraq, which will come back to bite them in the long-term, as Syria with allienated or pro-US Iraq is a non-starter.
Be that as it may, money talks. Right now Iraq is receiving its most sophisticated fighter jets from USA, not Russia. Iraq also cancelled or did not proceed with major contracts with Russia a few months ago. Iirc it was about MiGs and T-90s, I could be wrong here. US offers FMS packages, if Russia can't compete with that, they will be kicked out of Iraq as fast as they got invited.