Kremlin positive over initial contact with Riyadh on S-400 supplies

Some longtime observers are reserving judgment on whether the lifting of ban on women driving is likely to lead to greater reforms or was simply a political maneuver

USA military sales to Saudi Arabia has come under increased scrutiny as a Saudi-led coalition is involved in military intervention in Yemen.

Contacts between Moscow and Riyadh over the supplies of Russian air defense systems S-400 to Saudi Arabia have a very good preliminary result, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, when asked if there was a risk the deal might not take place.

Saudi Arabia has also agreed to buy the U.S.'s THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile system, according to the RT news website on Saturday.

"In this particular case we can speak only for ourselves". It is the first visit of a Saudi monarch to visit Mr Putin. It can carry three types of warheads created to destroy targets including aircraft, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles.

The State Department has approved a potential $15 billion foreign military sale of anti-ballistic missile defense systems, related equipment and support services to Saudi Arabia.

United Nations warns of more Rohingya refugee influx to Bangladesh
Myanmar's military responded by killing hundreds of people, triggering an exodus of more than 500,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh. The country's security forces also opened fire on Rohingyas, who gathered at the border to cross into Bangladesh.

The US has already deployed THAAD to South Korea in defence of North Korea's short-range missiles, which has angered China for interfering.

This sale is likely to further USA national security and foreign policy interests and support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region.

Iran maintains one of the largest ballistic-missile programs in the Middle East, seeing it as a key element of defense against the United States and other opponents, including Israel and Gulf Arab states.

"Lots of militants from both Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia are fighting for the Islamic State [terrorist group, outlawed in Russia]", the Saudi top diplomat said.

Officials told AFP that the sale, which can go ahead if the US Congress does not object within 30 days, should be seen as part of an overall $110 billion arms package that President Donald Trump promised the Saudi kingdom during a visit in May.

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