Russia's Return to Middle East to Help Resolve Complex Issues - Saudi Official

Russia's Return to Middle East to Help Resolve Complex Issues - Saudi Official

"Our approach to this problem has been very strict: we have dismissed several thousand of imams from mosques for extremism, we modernize our educational system in order to rule out the possibility of misinterpretation of texts", al-Jubeir said.

Earlier, the Bloomberg news agency published information with reference to a press release from the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), according to which Moscow and Riyadh signed contracts providing for the purchase of S-400 air defense missile systems.

The transaction covers the delivery of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launchers, 360 interceptor missiles, 16 fire control and communications mobile tactical station groups and seven AN/TPY-2 radars.

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

"THAAD's exo-atmospheric, hit-to-kill capability will add an upper-tier to Saudi Arabia's layered missile defense architecture".

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During the visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Russian Federation last week deals worth at least $2,1 billion were signed, according to a Kremlin statement.

It is expected the sale will beef-up security in the nuclear-hungry Middle East.

However, despite the difficulties, Saudi Arabia has chose to diversify its military suppliers, as it understands it can't rely on Washington so heavily. It can carry three types of warheads created to destroy targets including aircraft, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles.

The United States deployed THAAD to South Korea this year to guard against North Korea's shorter-range missiles. Saudi Arabia's neighbours, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, have also been supplied THAAD systems.

The sale is part of a $110 billion defense deal with the kingdom announced back in May, which faced bipartisan backlash.

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