Fri Oct 20 2017, 13:55:01 +03

Saudi Arabia to buy Russian S-400 defense systems, other arms

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(Moscow-AlummahWorld-Muharram 16, 1439H) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reportedly on Thursday signed preliminary agreements to buy S-400 air defense systems and receive "cutting edge technologies" from Russia during King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's landmark visit to Moscow, the Saudi military industries firm said.

The agreement was announced as King Salman, who is on the first official trip to Russia by a Saudi ruler, and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks at the Kremlin.

According to report published by Saudi Gazette, under the agreements, Saudi Arabia is set to buy S-400 air defense systems, Kornet anti-tank guided missile systems and multiple rocket launchers.

These agreements are “expected to play a pivotal role in the growth and development of the military and military systems industry in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), the Kingdom’s military industries firm said.

“The memorandum of understanding includes the transfer of technology for the local production” of the Kornet anti-tank guided missile systems, advanced multiple rocket launchers and automatic grenade launchers.

“In addition, the parties will cooperate in setting a plan to localize the manufacturing and sustainment of parts of the S-400 air defense system,” SAMI said.

The two countries also agreed on the production in Saudi Arabia of the Kalashnikov automatic rifle and its ammunition as well as educational and training programs for Saudi nationals.

“These agreements are expected to have tangible economic contributions and create hundreds of direct jobs,” the company said.

On the other hand,
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud discussed on Thursday the situation in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, as well as the situation in the Persian Gulf zone and the Middle East settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the talks.

“The Russian president and the Saudi king had an in-depth exchange of opinions on most important aspects of the situation in the Middle East and in North Africa. Special accent was put on Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, the situation in the Persian Gulf and in the Palestinian-Israeli settlement,” Lavrov said.

Russian news agency TASS quoted Lavrof as saying the “The Russia and Saudi Arabia share the understanding of priority of fight against terrorism in dealing with Middle East region’s problems”.