Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .




Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















Saudi Looking Into Nuclear Energy Offers

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal has confirmed that Saudi Arabia is in talks with Russia over the possible purchase of Russian weapons for the first time and welcomed Moscow's offer to help it develop nuclear energy for civilian use.
by Staff Writers
Riyadh (AFP) Feb 14, 2007
Saudi Arabia confirmed Wednesday that it was in talks with Russia over the possible purchase of Russian weapons for the first time and welcomed Moscow's offer to help it develop nuclear energy. "There are no obstacles to cooperation between the two countries in all fields pertaining to... armament and nuclear energy," Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh, a close US ally in the Middle East, has traditionally used Western defence systems, but is seeking to diversify its sources of weaponry.

"On the armament front, there have been discussions between the two countries. They are taking place in accordance with the kingdom's requirements in terms of armament and with what Russia can provide of the kingdom's needs for such equipment," Saud said.

He did not give details, but a diplomatic source had earlier said that Putin's talks during his first visit to Saudi Arabia were expected to lead to a "verbal understanding" on the sale of about 150 Russian T-90 battle tanks to the oil-rich kingdom.

The source said that tests were carried out on the T-90 in Saudi Arabia last year to determine the tank's suitability for harsh desert conditions, and Russia is also looking to sell Mi-17 helicopters.

Putin held a one-on-one meeting with Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz before leaving Riyadh Monday for Qatar on the second leg of a Middle East tour that also took in Jordan.

In remarks to a Saudi-Russian business forum, Putin also offered to help Saudi Arabia develop civilian nuclear energy.

"On the nuclear issue, there was a contact with the kingdom and the (Riyadh-based Gulf) Cooperation Council during the visit," Saud said.

He recalled that the six oil-rich GCC states had decided during a summit in Riyadh two months ago to pursue nuclear energy technology in accordance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and other international protocols "without going into the issue of (nuclear) weapons."

"Russia is one of the states which possess this industry and there are no obstacles to cooperating with her (on this score) as we would cooperate in any other domain," Saud said.

Russia is building a nuclear reactor in Iran amid a standoff with the West, which suspects the Islamic republic is seeking nuclear weapons, a charge denied by Iran.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Email This Article

Related Links
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com

Iran Is A Very Serious Threat
Washington (UPI) Feb 14, 2007
Iran today poses a five-pronged threat, warned the man who first blew the whistle on the Islamic republic's nuclear program. Iran is "a very, very serious threat to the free world," said Alireza Jafarzadeh, who outlines the dangers posed by the Islamic republic, as he sees them, in his new book, "The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the coming nuclear crisis."







  • China Flexes Its Muscle To Help Defuse North Korean Nuclear Crisis
  • Absence Of US-China Military Dialogue Triggers Worries In US
  • Putin Reclaims Russian Clout
  • Center Of World Power Shifting To Asia

  • Saudi Looking Into Nuclear Energy Offers
  • Iran Is A Very Serious Threat
  • US, Japan And South Korea To Push North Korea On Nuclear Deal
  • Analysts Ponder North Motives After Nuclear Deal

  • Putin Denies Passing Missile Technology To Iran
  • Raytheon And BAE Test Fire DDG 1000 MK57 Vertical Launching System
  • India Test-Fires Supersonic Cruise Missile
  • Israeli Media Says Syria Has Tested Scud

  • Russia Not Worried About US Missile Shield
  • Israeli Arrow Hits Missile At Night
  • Israel Stresses Anti-Missile Test Message To Iran
  • Deployment Of US Missile Defense Could Trigger New Arms Race

  • Superjet To Be Tested For Strength
  • Anger As Britons Face Air Tax Hike
  • Bats In Flight Reveal Unexpected Aerodynamics
  • Lockheed Martin And Boeing Form Strategic Alliance To Promote Next-Gen Air Transportation System

  • UAV Tested For US Border Security
  • Iran Claims New Stealth Drone That Can Attack US Gulf Fleet
  • Boeing ScanEagle Team Achieves Compliance With NATO UAV Interoperability Standard
  • US Navy Buys Two Northrop Grumman Fire Scouts To Refine Concept Of Operations

  • US Says Marine Helicopter Was Shot Down
  • Iraq Army Deploying On Time
  • One Size Does Not Fit All In Iraq
  • US Democratic Senators Skeptical Of Iranian Weapons Claim

  • Future Combat Systems Restructuring A Balancing Act
  • India's Showcase Chopper Crashes Ahead Of Airshow
  • Language Learning Via Video Gaming
  • Future Combat Systems Completes Experiment and Soldier-testing Of Key Technologies

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement