Russian Federation agrees to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons

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The U.S. government has agreed to sell Saudi Arabia a $15 billion missile defense armament.

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

"We can speak only for ourselves", said Peskov. "THAAD's exo-atmospheric, hit-to-kill capability will add an upper-tier to Saudi Arabia's layered missile defense architecture and will support modernization of the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force".

The visit to the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is widely seen as a potential turning point in Middle Eastern politics, and even the conduct of world oil markets.

The US sale has not yet "concluded", it confirmed. It can carry three types of warheads created to destroy targets including aircraft, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles.

The US has already deployed THAAD to South Korea in defence of North Korea's short-range missiles, which has angered China for interfering.

The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in an October 6 statement that it had notified the U.S. Congress about the possible sale, saying the deal would "support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States".

This sale is likely to further U.S. national security and foreign policy interests and support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region.

However, despite the difficulties, Saudi Arabia has chose to diversify its military suppliers, as it understands it can't rely on Washington so heavily.

Talks between Riyadh and Moscow have resulted in the signing of many agreements worth billions of dollars, including agreements to purchase advanced weapons systems.

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