Kremlin Defends Missile Deal With Saudi Arabia


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 USA forces enlarge its allied grip on the region.

The State Department has approved a potential $15 billion foreign military sale of anti-ballistic missile defense systems, related equipment and support services to Saudi Arabia.

The sale of the S-400 surface-to-air missile systems follows King Salman's visit to Moscow last Thursday.

This sale is likely to further USA national security and foreign policy interests and support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. The following month, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund committed to invest $10 billion in Russia over five years, the largest-ever foreign direct investment in the country according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

The Stan Simpson Show: Keeping the spotlight on Puerto Rico
On arrival Friday, the vice president's plane flew over homes stripped of the roofs, toppled trees and debris strewn in yards. The mass exodus from Puerto Rico could accelerate after Hurricane Maria hit the island two weeks ago .

The duo also plans to discuss perspectives for collaboration in research and development and experimental engineering works, as well as options for applying innovative solutions to a wide range of technological challenges. Saudi Minister of Energy and Industry Khalid Al-Falih said that Cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation has "breathed life back into OPEC" and made the kingdom more optimistic about the outlook for oil than it has been for several years.

Russian Federation will also supply Saudi Arabia with Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems, Buratino TOS-1 heavy flamethrower systems, AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles, Vorobyova said. It can carry three types of warheads created to destroy targets including aircraft, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles.

The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range mobile air defense missile system. The system is able to track and engage up to 300 targets to an altitude of 27 kilometers at the same time.