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Russia's Return to Middle East to Help Resolve Complex Issues - Saudi Official

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"We will not let anyone spread the ideology of hatred, to finance that kind of ideology or terrorism", he said.

Maria Vorobyeva, spokeswoman for the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, told the RIA Novosti news agency that a deal on the air defense system had been agreed with Riyadh.

"THAAD's exo-atmospheric, hit-to-kill capability will add an upper-tier to Saudi Arabia's layered missile defense architecture".

During the first visit by a Saudi king to Russia, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Russian President, Vladimir Putin, underlined the rapprochement between the two countries by signing important agreements in the military and energy fields.

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"This sale furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats", the State Department said in a statement.

"The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region", it said.

Saudi Arabia is a long-standing USA ally in the Middle East and its arms deals with Moscow have caused concern in Washington. "This visit is the beginning of strategic cooperation", al Harithi said.

The Kremlin says an agreement to sell Russian missiles to Saudi Arabia does not pose a threat to any other country.

The Saudis in addition have also agreed to buy the US Thaad missile Defence systems at a cost of $15 billion. Saudi Arabia's neighbours, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, have also been supplied THAAD systems.

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