Russia Signs S-400 Missiles Deal With Saudi Arabia

Saul Bowman
October 10, 2017

"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.

"This sale furthers USA national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats", the State Department said in a statement.

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 United States forces enlarge its allied grip on the region.

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense signed contracts for the S-400 air defence system, the Kornet-EM system, the TOS-1A, the AGS-30, and the Kalashnikov AK-103.


Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said earlier that Riyadh was interested in buying Russia's S-400 systems. "(But) contacts to implement this contract have been very positive and have had very good preliminary results".

The U.S.is also focused on increasing missile defense at home and for allies as tensions heat up in the Pacific and the Middle East, as well as with Russian Federation. Cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh "is not targeted against third countries, either in [the Middle East] or in other regions of the world", he said.

The politician added that the agreements reached during Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's visit to Russian Federation served the interests of both Moscow and Riyadh and would contribute to the establishment of stability in the region.

"Therefore we are confident that this cooperation should not be a worry for anyone".

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