The Kremlin announced plans to hold a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki, who arrives in Moscow on July 23.
"Such a meeting is being prepared," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Al-Maliki said in an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti before his visit to Moscow that he intends to meet with senior Russian officials, including President Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Federation Council Chairman Valentina Matvienko.
According to Maliki, he intends to focus on the need to strengthen the Russian role in the region in general and Iraq in particular, in addition to the activation of bilateral economic relations in the fields of electricity production, energy and trade. His talks in Moscow will also discuss Russian arms supplies to the Iraqi army.
In response to a question about the role of Russia, especially in Syria, al-Maliki said, "Were it not for the Russian position, the entire region would have collapsed, and there would be a strange and strange map in the region."
He added, "Were it not for the Russian position in the Security Council, which refused to hit Syria and drop it in the manner of hitting Gaddafi and overthrowing the regime in Libya, if the Russian position that adopted the Syrian issue was not fully built against the American position, the regime fell in Syria, and the collapse of terrorism and terrorists, , And fall Baghdad.
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