While the United States has recently installed its THAAD missile system in Saudi Arabia and Israel, some analysts anticipate future developments: the front that the United States wants to open in Arabia is not just about an upcoming war against Iran. America also wants to fight China and Russia. Will the Russians succeed in deploying their S-400s in Arabia?
In accordance with contracts signed in 2017 between Moscow and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has just received Solntsepek rocket launchers from Russia. It is a source within the Russian defence industry who has just given this information to the Sputnik news agency.
As reported in 2017 by the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Moscow and Riyadh reportedly agreed to supply Russian S-400 air defence systems, Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles and TOS-1A Bouratino multiple rocket launchers. In addition to this list are AGS-30 grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles.
The delivered system, the TOS-1A Solntsepek heavy multiple rocket launcher system, was developed in 2001, but was actually only used in the fighting in Syria. It was designed to strike ground units, equipment, buildings, bunkers and fortifications, as well as light vehicles.
Russia should therefore also sell S-400s in Riyadh under this 2017 contract. These S-400s would therefore be next to the THAADs.
This delivery has just taken place even as America has delivered its THAAD missile defence system to some Eastern European countries. However, we are well aware that the United States has in its medium-term plans a colossal war against China and Russia. What Washington is aiming for is not just Iran, but also the other two powers, Russia and China.
It is not without reason that it is a former CENTCOM commander who has just been appointed head of the American Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
Indeed, the U.S. Senate voted to appoint retired General John Abizaid as the new U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He now occupies a position that had remained vacant since the beginning of the Trump Presidency.
Abizaid, former head of the U.S. Central Command, was appointed to this position by President Donald Trump in November 2018. His appointment will fill one of the vacant positions in the region: the U.S. Embassy had not had an ambassador since Joseph Westphal left in early January 2017.
Abizaid is visiting Saudi Arabia as American legislators continue to demand justice in the case of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-American journalist whose murder was allegedly orchestrated by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed ben Salmane.
The senators also questioned Abizaid during his hearing about Khashoggi’s murder and other human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, including floggings, electrocutions, beatings, sexual abuse, police raids, arrests and torture of activists and even members of the royal family.
“We should not accept such outrageous problems,” Abizaid said, adding, “These problems must be solved in the short term. This requires vigorous discussions, and I am ready to have these discussions. »
However, on Monday, the State Department publicly designated 16 individuals for their role in Khashoggi’s murder, making them and their immediate families “ineligible for entry into the United States.
The most candid may be surprised that the Crown Prince is not on this list, but this will not surprise those who know of the close ties between Washington and Riyadh…