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Qatar Dumps US As It Looks To Moscow For Missiles

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The Qatari defence minister revealed the interest in purchasing S-400 missiles from Russia, the same which were purchased by its allies Turkey and Iran.

Qatari Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said that he was looking to shift from Washington towards the Kremlin.

“As far as our mutual cooperation is concerned, this is not just the purchase of air defence systems but also technologies.

“We would like to develop this industry and bring this technology to Qatar,” al-Attiyah said.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu, confirmed that there will be a special demonstration of the S-400 technology to the Qatari delegation at the Army 2017 International Military Technical Forum.

Qatar was one of the largest importers of weapon from the US between 2011 and 2015 with a purchase of $22.9 billion.

Qatar has even signed a $12 billion deal with the US for the sale of dozens of Boeing F-15 jet fighters, just days after President Trump accused Qatar of terrorism through his tweets.

Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East, the al-Udeid military base. The US and Qatar have also maintained a close military connection, having organised joint military exercises in Doha earlier this week.

In the direct aftermath of the blockade, Saudi Arabia invited Trump to a counter-terrorism conference in Riyadh where they spoke of Qatar’s support for terrorists.

It was after this meeting that Doha began to make its shift towards Moscow, also currently aligned with Qatari allies, Iran and Turkey. In July, Qatari Ambassador to Russia, Fahad bin Mohammed Attiyah, confirmed that Doha was looking to increase Russian food imports to Doha.

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