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Saudi Arabia to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense signed deals with Russian authorities on Thursday to purchase S-400 missile defense systems and other weapons, including the Kornet-EM anti tank guided missile system, the TOS-1A unguided thermobaric rocket system, the AGS-30 automatic grenade launcher and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles.

The Russian daily Kommersant reported on Thursday that the defense package is worth $3 billion.

Moscow and Riyadh signed a total of 14 documents after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman Ben Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a press conference that Moscow wants to enhance cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the areas of space and nuclear energy.

Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, said Riyadh intends to intensify its work with Russia on combatting terrorism and extremism.

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