Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Alexander Tsybulsky has said Russia is now ready to
export SSJ-100 aircraft (Sukhoi Superjet 100) as well as other equipment to Iraq.
During a meeting of the bilateral inter-governmental commission in Baghdad, it was reported Iraqis were interest in the proposals from Russia and commenced negotiations.
"We offered the Superjet and another two advanced planes MS-21 and Tu-204…On the whole, we saw [Iraq’s] interest in those products. But it is certainly premature to speak about concrete delivery volumes," Tsybulsky said.
"We saw that our partners were interested in obtaining road and construction equipment as well as building materials. They also want to attract Russian contractors to construction sites in the territory of Iraq," the Russian deputy minister of economic development said.
"We have learnt and our colleagues have confirmed that Iraq is planning a serious campaign to privatize its state property. The Iraqis have asked us to share the Russian experience with them. They understand that along with positive experience we also made some mistakes during the process. We agreed on a possibility to attract potential investors to these privatization projects," Tsybulsky added.
Bilateral cooperation between Russia and Iraq had reached almost $2 billion in 2015 compared to $1.7 billion in 2014. "We hope it’s not going to fall [in 2016]," Tsybulsky concluded.
Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin also led the Russian-Iraqi inter-governmental commission for the first time since 2008.