Lieutenant-General Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, His Excellency the Chief of the General Staff, met today with Lieutenant-General Zarod Netsky Vladimir, the Commander of the Russian General Staff Academy.
Several subjects of mutual interest, as well as bilateral military cooperation between the two nations, were covered during the event.
The head of the Armed Forces Intelligence and Security Authority, the head of the Strategic Planning Authority, the Commander of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College attended the reception, while a delegation accompanying the Commander of the Russian General Staff Academy was present on the Russian side.
Saudi experts claim that closer cooperation between the two nations leads to stronger military and commercial ties and agreements.
Experts believe there is a disconnect between Saudi views and those of the Biden administration, and that the Kingdom is serious about diversifying weapons sources and localizing military industries without outside pressure, “about the American side,” especially given Russia’s favorable views of the Kingdom, they said.
According to research published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Saudi Arabia ranks first among the world’s major arms buyers, accounting for 11% of worldwide imports between 2016 and 2020.
Saudi Arabia buys 79 percent of its armaments from the US, whereas the UK imports 9.3 percent.
Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud stated on August 24 that the Kingdom is dedicated to boosting collaboration with Russia, stressing that this will aid in a combined response to threats and difficulties.
Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman stated that Saudi Arabia and Russia had signed an agreement aimed at expanding areas of cooperative military cooperation between the two nations.
On his Twitter account, Prince Khalid bin Salman sent the following message: “Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Federation’s Minister of Defense, was one of the people I met. We addressed measures to improve military and defense cooperation, as well as our combined effort to maintain regional security and stability, and the most pressing common problems that the two nations face.”