Ukraine sign deal to sell $550-million arms to Iraq

Ukrainian arms firms will sell around 400 armoured vehicles and 10 An-32 transport planes to Iraq's military, an official said.

Ukraine sign deal to sell $550-million arms to Iraq

Ukraine has signed a deal to deliver $550 million worth of arms to Iraq, an official said on Friday, in what local media said was part of the country's largest-ever arms deal.

Ukrainian arms firms will sell around 400 armoured vehicles and 10 An-32 transport planes to Iraq's military, said Stepan Havrish, the deputy head of the council of national security and defence council, Interfax news agency reported.

Ukrainian daily Delo reported on Thursday that Kiev had negotiated a $2.4 billion deal with the Iraqi government, to be financed by the United States, which would be the largest arms deal in Ukraine's history.

Ukraine was a centre for arms production in the Soviet Union and remains a major exporter of armoured vehicles and anti-missile defence systems.

It is one of the United States' closest allies in the former Soviet Union.

Reuters
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