By Azania Post Reporter
SAUDI Arabian government has decided to improve its military system industry through recently announced deal with Russia, it has been learnt.
This was announced by the Kingdom’s military firm (SAMI) during a visit by Saudi King Salman in Russia where he held talks with his counterpart, Vladmir Putin.
Already, Saudi Arabia has signed preliminary agreements to buy S-400 air defence systems from Russia.
The agreement was announced during the first sitting Saudi monarch visit Russia talks at the Kremlin.
It was reported that along with the S-400 anti-aircraft missiles, Saudi Arabia is also set to buy Kornet anti-tank guided missile systems and multiple rocket launchers under the deal.
King Salman led a delegation to Moscow that also agreed on joint investment deals worth several billion dollars, providing a much-needed financial boost for a Russian economy battered by low oil prices and Western sanctions.
On the political front, there was no sign of any substantial breakthrough on the issues that divide Moscow and Riyadh, including the fact that they back rival sides in Syria's civil war.
"This is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch in the history of our relations and that in itself is a landmark event," Putin said as he welcomed the Saudi leader in an ornate gilded Kremlin hall.
He said they aim to strengthen their relations in the interests of peace and security, in the interests of developing the world economy," the Saudi king responded.
Addressing regional affairs, King Salman told Putin that Iran must stop meddling in Middle Eastern conflicts.
"We emphasise that the security and stability of the Gulf region and the Middle East is an urgent necessity for achieving stability and security in Yemen," the king said.
"This would demand that Iran give up interference with the internal affairs of the region, to give up actions destabilising the situation in this region."
Speaking through an interpreter, he added. "Relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia have reached an historical moment. We are certain that the further strengthening of Russian-Saudi relations will have a positive impact on strengthening stability and security in the region and the world."
Relations between the two countries in the past have often been strained. During Cold War times, the Saudis helped arm Afghan rebels fighting against the Soviet invasion.
More recently, tensions were high over the war in Syria. However, relations have begun to improve in recent years and King Salman's heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has held several meetings with Putin.
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund, announced in 2015 plans to invest $10bn in Russia over the next five years, though only a fraction of that has so far been put up.