On October 4, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrived Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials. Salman headed a large Saudi delegation.
This is first official visit of the king to Russia. The sides will discuss a wide range of tipcs including bilateral cooperation, oil prices and the situation in the Middle East. The Saudi delegation will reportedly leave Russia on Saturday.
The Russian daily Kommersant reported citing own sources that the sides are also set to discuss a $3bn package military sale to Saudi Arabia. This package allegedly includes supplies of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems.
Kommersant’s sources say that nobody expects that the S-400 deal will be reached immediately. However, it will depende on results of the meeting between Putin and Salman that took place on October 5.
Earlier this year, official reports appeared that another S-400 deal was reached between Russia and Turkey and Ankara already made already made the advance payment. No more details were provided.
Media reports suggest that Turkey will get for four S-400 batteries from Russia. The advance payment was about $2.5 billion.