Saudi Arabia will buy weapons from Russia in exchange for refusal of deliveries С-300 to Iran
Saudi Arabia is ready to buy a large quantity of arms if Moscow will refuse deliveries of antiaircraft rocket complexes С-300 to Iran from Russia. About it as newspaper The Financial Times writes, has declared not named source in the diplomatic circles, familiar with details of negotiations between two countries.
The edition specifies, that it is a question of deliveries of the Russian arms to the sum from 2 billion dollars, and in the long term cost of this production can reach 7 billion dollars. Among arms which can buy in the long term Riyadh, The Financial Times names the advanced systems of antiaircraft defense С-400.
At the same time, as the newspaper of "Sheet" referring to a source close to a management by Ministry of Defence specifies, the first contracts can be concluded by Saudi Arabia already in the end of 2009. Since 2005 Moscow and Riyadh negotiate for deliveries of tanks T-90S, fighting machines of infantry BМP-3, helicopters Mi-35 and Ми-17, is antiaircraft-rocket complexes "Armour", " Beech М-2Э " and С-400.
In "Рособоронэкспорте" to the Russian edition have refused to make comments on a course of negotiations and their communication with deliveries С-300 to Iran, but the source in the defensive industry has informed "Sheets", that sale of these complexes to Teheran can be carried out in the deadlines as the property is practically ready to sending. Realization of these plans is detained under the instruction from above. If the contract will be excellent, С-300 will be redeemed and will act in the Russian army.
As the expert of the Center of the analysis of strategy and technologies Konstantin Makienko considers, coordination of the Saudi contract with deliveries С-300 to Iran is possible, as this country is able to use import of arms promotion of the interests by the countries-exporters. Nevertheless, the Russian systems of air defence ценны for Saudi Arabia as its air space is actually supervised by the American and British military advisers serving arms put from these countries.
Let's note, that on deliveries of antiaircraft rocket systems S-300 to Iran repeatedly informed various sources, however for today of official acknowledgement to it is not present. Pressure upon Russia on this question render the USA and a number of other states which are afraid, that Teheran can use modern systems of air defence for protection of the nuclear objects.