Saudi Arabia to procure S-400 and several armament systems from Russian Federation

Henrietta Brewer
October 10, 2017

Despite increasing criticism over the United States' military sales to Saudi Arabia, the US State Department has paved the way for the potential purchase of controversial - and expensive - military equipment.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud visited Moscow last week, becoming the first Saudi monarch to visit Russian Federation.

The department said the sale of the equipment to the Saudi people would help provide a balance to a relatively unstable environment in the Gulf and to help the USA forces enlarge its allied grip on the region.

"THAAD's exo-atmospheric, hit-to-kill capability will add an upper-tier to Saudi Arabia's layered missile defence architecture".

"An agreement has been reached with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the supply of S-400 air defense systems", spokeswoman Maria Vorobyova was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Saudi Arabia's King Salman for talks at the Kremlin last week during which Saudi Arabia said it had signed a memorandum of understanding on the purchase of the S-400s.

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range mobile air defense missile system.

However, despite the difficulties, Saudi Arabia has chose to diversify its military suppliers, as it understands it can't rely on Washington so heavily.

The State Department said the U.S. government approved the sale of its advanced Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defense system to Saudi Arabia in a $15 billion deal that officials claim furthers USA national security and foreign policy interests.

"They pose a threat to our countries and to other states, where they come from". It is also the recognition that Russian Federation is an important mediator in Saudi Arabia's relations, for example with Iran.

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