Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

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

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

The Kremlin had announced early Monday that it is in the middle of serious talks with Saudi Arabia over Russian Federation supplying Saudi Arabia with advanced S-400 air defense missile systems.

On Saturday, the US State Department announced the approval to sell Saudi Arabia 44 THAAD anti-missile defence systems, 360 interceptor missiles, 16 mobile fire-control and communication stations and seven THAAD radars at an estimated price tag of $US15 billion, according to a press release from the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency.

"Our approach to this problem has been very strict: we have dismissed several thousand of imams from mosques for extremism, we modernize our educational system in order to rule out the possibility of misinterpretation of texts", al-Jubeir said.

"Relations between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia have reached a historical moment", said Jubeir, speaking through an interpreter. "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.

Both Washington and Saudi Arabia accuse Tehran of aggressive and disruptive behavior in the region.

"Even if the implementation of this agreement will be hard, it is still a sign that Saudi Arabia recognizes the need for diversification of military-technical cooperation, that the security problem of the country and neighboring countries now depends not only on the former monopolist United States but also on Russian Federation". Saudi Arabia's neighbours, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, have also been supplied THAAD systems. "It becomes obvious that Saudi Arabia needs to look around, that the former reliance on the United States alone is already risky", Pochta said.

"This sale furthers U.S. 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.

It can track and engage up to 300 targets at the same time and has an altitude ceiling of 27 kilometers (17 miles).

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