Saudi buys Russia's S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems

The Gazprom booth at the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum in Russia this month. Anatoly Maltsev  EPA

The Gazprom booth at the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum in Russia this month. Anatoly Maltsev EPA

"We can speak only for ourselves", said Peskov.

"An agreement has been reached with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the supply of S-400 air defense systems", spokeswoman Maria Vorobyova was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

Saudi Arabia agreed to purchase Russia's advanced S-400 Triumf missile-defense system on Thursday during King Salman's visit to Moscow.

The US sale has not yet "concluded", it confirmed.

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The THAAD - which has already been supplied to Saudi Arabia's neighbors Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - is one of the most capable defensive missile batteries in the USA arsenal and comes equipped with an advanced radar system.

Last month Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had signed a deal with Russian Federation to buy S-400 missile defense systems.

"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a friendly country", the statement read.

It will be used to communicate with the Russian population, promote community participation, host academic discussions and introduce Saudi culture to the country via art galleries and other programmes.

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US President Donald Trump is expected to announce new US responses to Iran's missile tests - which Iran sees as an essential defence - support for "terrorism" and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy, the White House said on Friday.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia concluded a deal worth billions of dollars with the USA.

Thaad systems are being deployed in South Korea to protect against a possible missile attack from North Korea, but many Koreans have objected, fearing it would become a target that endangers lives of those who live near its launch sites.

The presence of Russian Federation in the Middle East will contribute to the creation of the balance of power and resolve complex issues in the region, Zahir al Harithi, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Saudi Arabia's Consultative Council, told Sputnik Monday. Saudi Arabia's neighbours, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, have also been supplied THAAD systems.

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