Russian Federation confirms sale of S-400 missile systems to Saudi Arabia

Russian Federation confirms sale of S-400 missile systems to Saudi Arabia

Russian Federation confirms sale of S-400 missile systems to Saudi Arabia

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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.

USA military sales to Saudi Arabia have come under increased scrutiny over the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Saudi Arabia's King Salman for talks at the Kremlin last week during which Saudi Arabia said it had signed a memorandum of understanding on the purchase of the S-400s.

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

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Earlier, Saudi Arabia concluded a deal worth billions of dollars with the USA. The deputy commander of Russia's Aerospace Force, Viktor Gumenny, said that the S-400 systems began to be armed with missiles capable of hitting targets in near space.

"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a friendly country", the statement read.

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

Despite increasing coverage over Saudi Arabia's involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks, the two countries share an interest over Iran's ballistic missile program in the Middle East.

Its recent deployment by the US military in South Korea to protect against any North Korean strike drew protests from Beijing, who feared its sensors would be able to penetrate into Chinese air space and upset the balance of power.

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