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Saudi Arabia Mulls Russian Arms Deal

© AP Photo / Hasan JamaliA Saudi man passes the al-Faisaliya tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Arabia sees no obstacles for purchasing Russian weapons and defense systems, the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister told Russian media on Friday.

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“This issue [purchase of weapons] is being considered by the military experts from our countries. But I want to stress that nothing prevents us from buying Russian defense systems, just like nothing prevents Russia from selling them to Saudi Arabia,” Adel al-Jubeir told RT Arabic.

The purchase of Russian arms depends on the “position of the Saudi armed forces and the outcome of pertinent talks between our two countries,” the minister added.

On Thursday, Saudi Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a joint press conference on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

During the conference, Putin said that he had invited Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit Russia, and had accepted an invitation to visit Saudi Arabia.

The two countries also signed a raft of nuclear energy cooperation accords.

Saudi-Russian bilateral relations received a major boost in April, when Russian President Vladimir Putin and King Salman spoke on the phone, agreeing to expand bilateral cooperation and coordinate to resolve issues of regional and international importance.

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