Media: Saudi Arabia may buy Russian S-400s in exchange for Patriot air defense systems

The United States threatened Saudi Arabia with the withdrawal of all its troops and air defense equipment from the country if official Riyadh refused to negotiate with Russia on oil production and raw material prices. In response, the Arabian monarchy may consider purchasing Russian S-400 air defense systems or Chinese S-300-HQ-22 counterparts, the independent portal reports citing Military Review magazine and The East Day newspaper.

At the same time, the publication immediately clarifies that no official information has yet been received from Riyadh in this regard.

Currently, the American complexes Patriot and THAAD guard the Saudi sky, the departure of which could jeopardize key infrastructure facilities in the Arabian kingdom.

The largest Middle Eastern monarchy also has in its arsenal foreign-made air defense systems, including Patriot, but their number is clearly not enough to cover the whole country. The attacks of Yemenite Hussites at oil refineries on September 14 last year clearly showed this.

Separately, it is worth noting that information that Saudi Arabia can buy one or another Russian weapon, including S-400 air defense systems, appeared earlier. However, Riyadh actually continued to spend tens of billions of dollars on Western, mainly American, military equipment. The Russians received, at best, vague hints that never spilled over into specific contracts.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 9 2020 15: 34
    This scarecrow, "S-400 instead of Patriot", is already 3 years old. As soon as some kind of garbage, the experts begin to broadcast like that.
    But in real life it is an empty phrase. Instead - no one has bought yet.
    1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
      Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) April 9 2020 17: 36
      Turks? No, have not heard.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 9 2020 22: 56
        The Turks were sold for completely different reasons.
        As accomplices of the IG. As Erdogan was convicted, then they sold it))))