Russia agrees Saudi missiles deal13/10/17Defence
Russian authorities have agreed a deal to supply Saudi Arabia with advanced S-400 air defence missiles a month after Turkey agrees purchase of surface-to-air weapons.
Aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Kozhin, said “talks are ongoing now, the terms are being agreed”, adding that the contract would be signed “in the nearest time”.
Putin hosted Saudi King Salman for talks last week.
The S-400 system comprises a set of four missiles and is designed to intercept aircraft as well as other missiles. It can respond to threats up to 400km away.
It has been reported that the deal would include the sale of anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and grenade launchers to Saudi Arabia.
Last month, Turkey, a NATO member, also signed a deal with Russia to buy the S-400 missiles.
Ankara’s decision has been seen as a rejection in some Western capitals to the alliance, given tensions with Moscow over Ukraine and Syria, while the deal raised concern because the weapons cannot be integrated into the alliance’s defences.
However, NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has said Turkey was not seeking to antagonise the US-led alliance by purchasing the S-400 system, adding that they are in talks with France and Italy to buy similar weapons.