Su-35, S-400… Saudi Arabia puts pressure on Washington

On January 28, just days after taking the oath, the American president Joe Biden announced to suspend US support for military intervention in Yemen led by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. At the same time, several armament contracts, notably concerning guided bombs for Riad and the acquisition of F35 and MQ9B Gardian by Abu Dabi, were also suspended. Even if the presidential decision was surrounded by a diplomatic context, explaining that it was for the new administration to examine these contracts, which some were signed barely an hour before the end of his presidential term by Donald Trump, it marked a certain distrust between Washington and its allies in the Middle East.

The response of the UAE authorities has so far been measured, not seeking to stir up certain differences, notably on the recent acquisition by Abu Dabi of drones from Beijing, and Pantsir anti-aircraft defense systems from Moscow. . For Riad, on the other hand, the annoyance as visibly to dawn. Indeed, according to the CEO of the Russian arms giant Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, speaking during an interview given to the Russian channel Russia Today, the company would be in negotiations with the Saudi authorities concerning the acquisition of S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, but also of Su-35s heavy fighters, even if these negotiations are discreet and nothing will be detailed until a contract is signed.

The S-400 system is one of the main systems exported by Russia subject to sanctions under CAATSA legislation

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