A spokesman for the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation has officially confirmed that Moscow and Riyadh reached an agreement over S-400 air defense systems supplies to Saudi Arabia.
Maria Vorobyova announced on October 9 that Russia will supply Saudi Arabia with S-400 air defense systems, Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems, TOS-1A heavy flamethrower systems, AGS-30 grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles under the reached agreement.
“We reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia for the supply of S-400 air defense systems, Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles, TOS-1A systems, automatic AGS-30 grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles,” Vorobiyva said, according to the Russian state-run media Sputniknews.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud visited Russia and held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. First reports about the alleged S-400 systems deal betwen Russia and Saudi Arabia arrived amid the visit.
At the same time, the US Department of State approved the possible $15 billion sale of THAAD anti-missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia, the move linked by some experts with the Russian-Saudi agreement.
On September 12, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had signed an agreement with Moscow to buy S-400 air defense systems and had even made an advance payment.