Putin to visit Riyadh in October, will offer Saudis air defense weapons


Russia’s deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov announced on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia in October as the guest of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his son, Crown Prince Muhammed (MbS). DEBKAfile’s military sources report that Putin will offer the Saudi rulers advanced S-300 and S-400 air defense weapons systems for guarding their oil facilities, following the Iranian missile and drone attack on Sept. 14. Hosting the Russian president is intended as another gesture of protest by Riyadh for the Trump administration’ failure to respond militarily for the Iranian attack.

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