Contacts with Riyadh over S-400 supplies have good preliminary result

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Russia's Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation has officially confirmed the conclusion of the deal with Saudi Arabia on the supply of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems and other weapons.

US military sales to Saudi Arabia have come under increased scrutiny over the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen and the situation with Qatar.

According to new media reports, the US State Department has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion.

Lockheed Martin Co is the prime contractor for the THAAD system, with Raytheon Co playing an important role in the system's deployment.

"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.

The S-400 is a very capable missile-defense system, somewhat comparable to the US's MIM-104 Patriot, according to CSIS.

EU Commission Says All Sides Should Stick to Iran Nuclear Deal Terms
Defense Secretary James Mattis told lawmakers Tuesday it is in the best intertest of USA national security to remain in the deal. On North Korea, the president said "we will do what we must do" to prevent Pyongyang from threatening the USA and its allies.

The sale of the anti-aircraft systems to U.S. allies - Turkey and Saudi Arabia - was criticized in Washington, but did not affect the outcome of the deals.

Iran has one of the biggest ballistic missile programs in the Middle East.

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 United States deployed THAAD to South Korea this year to guard against North Korea's shorter-range missiles.

"This potential sale will substantially increase Saudi Arabia's capability to defend itself against the growing ballistic missile threat in the region". It is also the recognition that Russian Federation is an important mediator in Saudi Arabia's relations, for example with Iran.

The US deal is believed to be part of a $110 billion arms package promised by President Trump to the Saudi kingdom during a visit in May.

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