-Russia refrains from picking sides in US-Sino trade war
Clarifying Russia’s stance on the war, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “U.S. and China may enter a trade war, but this is not our war. Russia is interested in developing independent relations with Beijing and Washington.”
However, Russia is closely following developments on this trade war which Kremlin spokesman Peskov said could affect the global economy.
“This effect can only be negative,” he said but noted “it is necessary not to exaggerate the possible effects of this war on the Russian economy. Our economy is not growing as fast as we want, but it is progressing at a steady pace.”
Last week also saw Iraq make an important decision of their intention to buy the S-400 missile defense system from Russia.
Iraqi Ambassador to Moscow Aydar Mansur Hadi said in a statement “the Iraqi government has made its decision. It wants to buy S-400 systems.”
In response to a question of the possibility of the U.S. preventing this purchase, Hadi said that there are the necessary diplomatic channels in place to overcome the issue.
Victor Bondarev, chairman of the Russian Federation Council's Defense and Security Committee, confirmed recently that Iraq is among the potential countries to purchase the S-400 system.