October 6, 2015 / 9:05 AM / 2 years ago

Russia would consider air strikes in Iraq at Baghdad's request: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will consider extending its air strikes against militants in Syria to Iraq if it receives such a request from Baghdad, the RIA news agency quoted the head of the country’s upper chamber of parliament as saying on Tuesday.

A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry October 5, 2015, shows a Russian air force jet taxiing on the tarmac of Heymim air base in Syria. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

The speaker, Valentina Matviyenko, said Russia had so far not received such a request from the Iraqi government.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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