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Intel: What’s behind Putin’s arms sale proposal to Saudis

Putin's offer of defense missile systems for the Saudis was political but there's more to this in the runup to his visit to Riyadh.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen during trilateral talks with his counterparts Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in Ankara, Turkey September 16, 2019. Sputnik/Valery Melnikov/Kremlin via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC1A1133AD90

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #101010; -webkit-text-stroke: #101010} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #347ab7; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #347ab7} President Vladimir Putin on Sept. 16 said Moscow was ready to help defend Saudi Arabia if Riyadh buys Russian weapons. Speaking at a press conference following trilateral talks with the leaders of Turkey and Iran in Ankara, Putin discussed the latest attacks on Saudi oil facilities and presented the Saudis with a choice.

He said  Russia was prepared to help Saudi Arabia defend itself and that the Saudi political leadership "just needs to make a wise state decision, as did Iran by purchasing our S-300s and President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan of Turkey by acquiring the S-400 missile system.” Putin added, “The systems will defend any Saudi facilities.”

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