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Russia: Washington's decision to end the tasks of its combat forces in Iraq deserves attention

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "Washington's decision to end the combat missions of its forces in Iraq deserves attention."


Peskov added, as reported by "Russia Today" news channel today, Tuesday, that "it is premature to make judgments, and we are waiting for the next steps," stressing that the possibilities of conflict in the Middle East should not increase after the US decision.


And US President Joe Biden announced yesterday, Monday, that the United States will end its combat mission in Iraq by the end of this year, with a number of its forces continuing to take over the tasks of training the Iraqi army and providing it with military advice.


Biden's announcement came after talks he held at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.


Peskov also announced that the Kremlin will monitor the situation, noting that Russia does not want to add another region due to the possibility of instability in the region.


"Of course, this is a situation that deserves attention, and it seems that a large number of so-called American military advisers will continue to work in Iraq, so we will of course monitor the situation," Peskov told reporters, regarding the (Kremlin) assessment of the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq. We anticipate events in a way, but we don't want to see another region added to the areas threatened by instability."


He added that the Kremlin believes that the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan are completely different, noting that it is unlikely that a comparison will be made between them, and that the Kremlin is interested in continuing contacts with the Iraqi leadership, saying, "Of course, we aim to continue contacts and develop our relations with the Iraqi government, and with the leadership of Iraq."