There are signs that the Saudis may be spurning the U.S. for Russia after the U.S. failed to retaliate for Saudi Arabia after Iran staged a major attack on the Saudi state-owned oil company Aramco.
Russian President Vladimir Putin just visited the kingdom for the first time in 12 years. It was reported that Putin offered the Saudi the S-300 and S-400 missile defense system as well as over a billion dollars in economic investment. These are the same missile systems that derailed a deal between Turkey and the U.S.
The U.S. threatened Turkey if it didn’t cancel its plans to buy the Russian missile systems, the U.S. would not sell the F-35’s to Turkey.
Meanwhile, just days before the historical meeting between Putin and the Saudis, the U.S. announced it was sending 3,000 troops and masses of high-tech equipment to the kingdom.
Listen as Clarion Project’s Editor Meira Svirsky and Clarion’s Arab Affairs Analyst and Shillman Fellow Ran Meir discuss these and more U.S.-related developments in the Middle East.
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