Russia ready to help Iraq defeat Islamic State: Lavrov

May 21, 2015 1:32 PM

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Russia ready to help Iraq defeat Islamic State: Lavrov

MOSCOW Russia is ready to supply weapons to Iraq, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, as the country struggles to halt advances by Islamic State militants.

Speaking ahead of talks in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Lavrov told reporters Moscow would make every effort to help the Baghdad government push back the militants.

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