Saudi Arabia in huge military arms deal with the United States and Russia

Despite increasing criticism over the United States’ military sales to Saudi Arabia, the US State Department has paved the way for the potential purchase of controversial — and expensive — military equipment.

The US sale has not yet “concluded”, it confirmed. US Congress has 30 days to object. The US deal is believed to be part of a $110 billion arms package promised by President Trump to the Saudi kingdom during a visit in May.

Meanwhile, King Salman of Saudi Arabia has entered into a preliminary agreement to purchase Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile defence system, he announced in Moscow last week. It is expected the sale will beef-up security in the nuclear-hungry Middle East.

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