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Russian Federation arming Saudi Arabia

10 October, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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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. Congress still has to approve the deal.

"We will not let anyone spread the ideology of hatred, to finance that kind of ideology or terrorism", he said.

Last month Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had signed a deal with Russian Federation to buy S-400 missile defense systems.

Prompted by Iran's threats to the Gulf region, the U.S. has reportedly approved the sale of THAAD anti-missile defence system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of Dollars 15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday. "Contacts to implement this contract have been very positive and have had very good preliminary results".

The Russian system's radar is considered especially unsafe to US forces because it can spot a fourth-generation fighter - like Lockheed's F-16 or Boeing's (BA) F-15 and F/A-18 - before the fighter's radar can pick up the air-defense system.




Maria Vorobyova, an official at a Russian government agency dealing with military and technical cooperation, was cited earlier on Monday as saying that a firm agreement had been reached with Saudi Arabia on the S-400s.

The amount of the deal, its timing and other details have not been specified.

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The US has already deployed THAAD to South Korea in defence of North Korea's short-range missiles, which has angered China for interfering.

"This sale furthers US 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 statement said.

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