It is worth noting that the Iraqi parliament has already adopted a resolution, the main requirement of which is the complete withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country. At the same time, despite the “warnings” from Donald Trump about the introduction of “terrible sanctions” and the demand to reimburse the United States for the billions invested in the construction of bases, Baghdad nevertheless launched a mechanism for withdrawing the foreign contingent.
It is worth recalling that the international coalition, including five thousand American soldiers, is located in Iraq as part of a mission to combat terrorist organizations. Forced withdrawal of a foreign contingent may lead, if not to a military, then to an economic aggravation.
It would seem, what does our country have to do with it? However, with a careful examination of the situation, it becomes clear that everything that happens can play into Russia's hands.
Firstly, the possible withdrawal of American troops will lead not only to a weakening of US influence in the Middle East, but also to a new destabilization of Iraq by terrorist groups. It becomes obvious that it is not worth leaving the country without protection.
So, the place of “peacekeepers” from the international coalition could be taken by Russia, which has already proved to the whole world its ability to guarantee the security of other states. This would contribute to a significant increase in the influence of our country in the Middle East. Moreover, we could even give a loan to Iraq so that it could finally “pay off” from the Americans. Naturally, under certain conditions.
Secondly, it is worth noting that today Iraq is the largest buyer of wheat in the world (after Egypt). Russia, in turn, has been holding the title of "main grain exporter" for 3 years now. However, since 2013, the Americans drove us out of the Iraqi market and began to supply their grain to the country.
The issue of the return of Russia has been discussed repeatedly and in the coming months it is even expected to send a test batch of our wheat to Iraq. At the same time, the current aggravation sharply increased Russia's chances of "revenge."
If we succeed in driving the Americans out of the region, then our country will already become the main Iraqi exporter. And this, more than 3 million tons of wheat, which Baghdad is forced to import annually.
In addition to grain, the United States supplies engineering products, aircraft and cars to Iraq. And this means that Russia could easily replace our “American partners” in this niche.