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Saudi Arabia agrees to buy Russian S-400 missile system

Saudi Arabia agrees to buy Russian S-400 missile system

The Kremlin said Monday that its deal to sell Saudi Arabia the advanced S-400 system is progressing despite the key USA ally getting approval to buy a Lockheed Martin (LMT) system Friday.

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 U.S. forces enlarge its allied grip on the region.

The approval has now opened the way for Saudi Arabia's purchasing of the 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radar, says a report in Reuters. It is the first visit of a Saudi monarch to visit Mr Putin.

The US sale has not yet "concluded", it confirmed.

A day later, the Pentagon said the U.S. State Department had approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion.

According to the Russian Kommersant newspaper, an agreement has already been reached on a $3-billion deal to supply the Saudis with Russia's most advanced air defense missile system, the S400 Triumph.

The 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.

"The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region", it said.

DSCA noted that adopting THAAD weapons will help increase Saudi Arabia's capacity to defend against potential ballistic missiles and other regional threats.

US President Donald Trump is expected to announce new US responses to Iran's missile tests - which Iran sees as an essential defence - support for "terrorism" and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy, the White House said on Friday.

Saudi Arabia typically buys its military hardware from the US or the U.K., and the S-400 deal could signal a shift in politics as the kingdom needs Russian Federation to support oil prices.

The United States deployed THAAD to South Korea this year to guard against North Korea's shorter-range missiles.


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