Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Kremlin Defends Missile Deal With Saudi Arabia

Kremlin Defends Missile Deal With Saudi Arabia

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.

Saudi Arabia agreed to purchase Russia's advanced S-400 Triumf missile-defense system on Thursday during King Salman's visit to Moscow.

"An agreement has been reached with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to deliver the S-400 air-defense system, antitank Kornet-EM rocket systems, TOS-1A (multiple rocket-launcher) systems, AGS-30 automated grenade launchers, and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles", the RIA Novosti news agency cited her as saying.

Furthermore, the two parties are also looking into collaborating on the production of equipment for oil and gas field development, by localizing production either in Russian Federation or Saudi Arabia. "This process is very hard because Saudi Arabia has been closely connected with the United States for many years - financial, economic, political relations", political scientist Yury Pochta told Sputnik Radio.

Ambassador Khalid bin Salman further stated, "Saudi Arabia values the long-standing and close partnership with the United States and our mutual commitment to ensuring peace and stability in the region". Russian Federation might also join Saudi Arabia with additional cuts. Companies looking to work in Saudi Arabia are encouraged to incorporate knowledge transfer into their operations.

When asked about fears that Saudi Arabia could use the S-400 system against Iran, a Russian ally, Peskov said Moscow's decision to offer the missiles to Riyadh was not aimed at any third party.

Russia, long-standing United States rival, enjoys good ties with Iran and Syria's Bashar Al-Assad who is wanted out by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Syrian crisis. The system is able to track and engage up to 300 targets to an altitude of 27 kilometers at the same time.

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