DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – Arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the USA will not affect military and technical cooperation of Riyadh and Moscow, as a number of contracts is already being discussed, head of Federal service on military-technical cooperation (FSMTC), Dmitry Shugaev, told Interfax agency.
“Saudi Arabia is indeed interested in the development of military-technical cooperation with Russia. A number of contract documents are being discussed, work is in progress on determining possible level of technologic cooperation and directions of such cooperation,” he said.
“Agreement between Saudi Arabia and the USA, or any other NATO member, will not affect our willingness to cooperate on mutually beneficial terms,” he underlined.
Saudi Arabia and the U.S. signed an arms deal worth $350 billion over 10 years during the official visit of president Donald Trump to the kingdom in May.
Kremlin did not comment on this record deal, saying that “Moscow develops its relations with Riyadh”.
One of the potential contracts that are being discussed between Russia and Saudi Arabia might be delivery of T-90MS battle tanks to the Gulf kingdom. Various media outlets and analysts speculated about possibility of such an agreement in the beginning of this year.