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PREMIUM: Persistent Russians sniff out Saudi opportunities

9th April 2021 - 17:30 GMT | by Alex Tarasoff, Alexander Mladenov in Sofia & Moscow

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Are deteriorating US-Saudi relations the reason why Riyadh has resurrected its interest in the S-400? (Photo: Russian MoD)

Russian optimism on arms exports to Saudi Arabia is energised by icier relations between Riyadh and Washington.

Renewed negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Russia on the possible sale of S-400 Triumf (SA-21 Growler) SAM systems have been acknowledged by Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov. 

However, he added that no such contracts have been agreed yet for a deal that may yet trigger sanctions from the Biden administration ...

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