Monday, September 30, 2019

Russia Makes Its Presence Felt In The Middle East

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russia's President Vladimir Putin speak during a meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Reuters: After Saudi attacks, Russia makes its regional presence felt

LONDON (Reuters) - In the two weeks since attacks blamed on missiles or drones shut down half of Saudi Arabia’s oil output, the country that has arguably moved most deftly to position itself for any upside is Russia.

Within hours of the attacks, Moscow’s state arms exporter said it would hold talks with countries in the Middle East on selling them new anti-drone weapons systems, muscling in on a market long dominated by the United States. [nR4N265016]

Next month, President Vladimir Putin is set to visit Saudi and the Gulf, a chance to deepen cooperation on energy and oil, drum up investment and promote Russia’s Pantsir group of anti-UAV weaponry, the arms systems the state export company will put on display at the Dubai Airshow in November.

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WNU Editor: With impeachment dominating Washington right now, the U.S. will not be focused on the Middle East from now till after the 2020 elections. This is an golden opportunity for countries like Russia and China, and not surprisingly the Russians are taking advantage of it.

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