Russia calls on the US to coordinate its military presence in Iraq with Baghdad

Baghdad has assured Russia that it will not join any anti-Iranian alliance.

At a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday, January 30, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim assured Moscow that Iraq would not join any anti-Iranian alliance.

Mohammad Ali al-Hakim said that military and security cooperation with Russia guaranteed the eradication of Daech in Syria and Iraq and that Syria’s integrity ensured Iraq’s stability.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia is paying particular attention to restoring security on the Iraqi-Syrian borders after the departure of US soldiers from Iraq.

“We will help the Iraqis to strengthen their military capabilities. The Americans are not expected to follow other objectives in Iraq. The United States should coordinate its military presence with Iraq and should not pursue secret objectives in that country,” Sergei Lavrov reiterated.

In addition, the Russian Foreign Minister today issued a statement criticizing the United States for manufacturing new warheads, which could increase the possibility of a nuclear war.

Lavrov added that Russia would adopt the same approach as the Europeans on this issue.

The statement was issued two days after the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation announced that the United States had manufactured an unknown number of W76-2 thermonuclear warheads.

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