Russia, Iraq mull arms deal

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In a telephone linkup on Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki the implementation of agreements reached during the Iraqi Premier's visit to Moscow on October, The Voice of Russia reported.

Mr. Maliki then said his country planned to buy defensive and counterterrorism weapons from Russia, but reports circulated a month later alleged that Baghdad had annulled the deal.

During his Tuesday's visit to Moscow the head of the Iraqi parliament's foreign affairs committee Humam Hamoude told the Voice of Russia that the deal had simply been put on ice for the time being.

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