Saudi king makes first-ever visit to Russia; Saudis to buy S-400 air defense system?

Saudi king makes first-ever visit to Russia; Saudis to buy S-400 air defense system?

[Ed. – The Saudis are a long-time Patriot client of the U.S., so this would be a big deal, on the level of Turkey buying the S-400.  There’s a major tectonic shift going on, and after 8 years of Obama, the U.S. take on our national interests is stalled somewhere around 1968.]

After experiencing a literal false start to the first ever trip by a ruling Saudi Arabian monarch to Moscow, the country’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has gone to have what his country has called “historic momentum” in expanding relations with the Kremlin, including reports of a purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missiles and other arms deals. As with developments in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, this could indicate a political shift by the Saudi regime away from its historical ally the United States or an attempt to exert political pressure on officials in Washington. …

The first day of discussions, which Putin described as “substantive, meaningful, and confidential,” nevertheless made international headlines. Particularly noteworthy were reports by the Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya television network, citing the state-run Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), that the country had signed a deal to buy the S-400 surface-to-air missile system.

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