Riyadh/Moscow: – Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed a military cooperation agreement. Both countries said that military cooperation was needed to promote international peace and stability. Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman visited Russia for the purpose. Criticism is gaining momentum that the United States is losing the trust of its allies and partners due to the weak leadership of the Biden administration. In such a scenario, the military agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia becomes essential.
Russia is currently hosting the International Military-Technical Forum Army Expo. Countries and arms companies from all over the world are participating in this international military expo. The week-long event will feature negotiations and agreements on arms procurement. It also includes India’s gallery displaying Tejas aircraft, anti-tank missiles, Arjun tanks. Two days ago, Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman arrived in Russia on the occasion of the expo.
Prince Khalid, son of King Salman of Saudi Arabia and younger brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, met with Russian Deputy Defence Minister Lieutenant General Alexander Fomin. An agreement was reached to develop military cooperation between the two countries. Prince Khalid released this information. Prince Khalid expressed confidence that this army cooperation would strengthen military and defence cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was also present.
‘Our goal is to develop military and military-technical cooperation on all issues of mutual interest,’ Shoigu said. At the same time, Defence Minister Shoigu pointed out that Russia has new weapons that have been successful in the Syrian conflict. Details of the military cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russia have not been released. But citing new weapons in Syria, Russia claims to provide Saudi with air defence systems or missiles.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest arms buyer. Russia is the world’s second-largest arms seller, after the United States. Between 2016 and 2020, Saudi Arabia had the largest arms purchases from the United States. But President Biden cut off military aid to Saudi Arabia after he took over the reins of the United States. Meanwhile, the Biden administration had ordered the withdrawal of the Patriot air security system deployed in Saudi Arabia.
The Biden administration had taken a tough stand against Saudi Arabia, adopting a liberal policy towards Iran. Opposition leaders are warning that ‘This will have repercussions for the United States and the United States will lose its important allies in the Middle East. The Biden administration has completely ignored this. Saudi Arabia’s military cooperation agreement with Russia shows that the concerns of US opposition leaders are coming true. This could exacerbate criticism that the Biden administration’s policies are disastrous for the United States.