Putin Offers to Sell Saudi S-400 Missile System After Calamitous Attack

Published September 17th, 2019 - 11:54 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin poses during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, on September 16, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin poses during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, on September 16, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to sell Saudi Arabia its missile defence systems on Monday in the wake of the weekend attack on its oil facilities.

"We are ready to help Saudi Arabia so that she can protect her territory.

"She can do so in the same way that Iran has already done in buying the S-300 Russian missile system and the same way that Turkey has already done in buying the S-400 Russian missile system," Putin said at a press conference in Ankara, alongside the Turkish and Iranian leaders.

His comments come after the Kremlin warned against a hasty reaction to the strikes, which Washington has blamed on Iran.

But the attacks were initially claimed by Iran's Houthi rebel allies in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war.


Speaking alongside Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the attacks were an act of self-defence by Yemeni rebels.

"Yemen is the target of daily bombings... The people of Yemen have been forced to respond, they are only defending themselves," he said.

Houthi rebels threatened on Monday to carry out more strikes and urged foreigners to stay away.

On Monday, oil prices made their biggest jump since the Gulf War after President Donald Trump warned that the US was "locked and loaded" to respond to the attacks on the Saudi oil infrastructure.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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