Saudis are about to Buy a Major Russian Missile System – Or are They?

The biggest deliverable arising from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s visit to Russia is almost certainly Riyadh’s announced intention to purchase a range of Russian weapons systems, notably S-400 surface-to-air missiles.

Saudis are about to Buy a Major Russian Missile System – Or are They?
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's King Salman pose for a photo during a welcoming ceremony ahead of their talks in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 5. (AP/Alexei Nikolsky)

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