Defense ministers from Russia and Saudi Arabia signed a new military cooperation agreement. It served as not just a sign of growth between the two governments, but also as a clear signal from Riyadh: it is willing to diversify its defense relationships beyond its longtime focus on the United States. By choosing to cooperate with Russia, the message to Washington is clear: that “Moscow is now more involved in regional affairs, while the US shows less interest in the Middle East,” The agreement comes on the heels of the withdrawal of US troops from the region and the pull-out of eight Patriot anti-missile systems from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, and Iraq, as well as a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system from the Kingdom.
Source: Breaking Defense.com
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