Putin trolling #Saudi at presser in Ankara today. Rouhani can’t stop laughing, Zarif clearly enjoyed it too:
— Golnar Motevalli (@golnarM) September 16, 2019
On September 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin advised Saudi Arabia to protect its people and oil infrastructure by buying Russian-made air defense systems.
Putin made the remark at a press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after US officials blamed Iran for the recent attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure.
“We are ready to help Saudi Arabia to protect their people,” Putin said. “And they need to make one clever decision as Iran did, buying our S-300, and as Mr. Erdoğan did by deciding to buy the most advanced S-400 Triumph air defense systems from Russia.”
“These kinds of systems are capable of defending any kind of infrastructure in Saudi Arabia from any kind of attack.”
The Saudi military is currently armed with US-made Patrior air defense systems. Since the start of the Saudi invasion of Yemen in 2015, Saudi Patriots have repeatedly demonstrated that they are not capable to defend key Saudi infrastructure objects from missile and drone strikes by Yemen’s Houthis.
A brief look at the S-300 missile system:
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