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The Qatar thread
« on: June 02, 2018, 12:53:20 AM »
If the US does this every country that wants to buy S-400, they will run out of allies.

https://www.rt.com/news/428523-qatar-s400-saudi-threat/
Saudi Arabia threatens ‘military action’ if Qatar purchases Russian S-400 systems – report
2 Jun, 2018

Saudi Arabia has reportedly threatened “military action” against Qatar should its neighbor acquire Russian S-400 missile defense systems, according to Le Monde, citing a letter from King Salman to the French presidency.

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, and Egypt, among other Gulf states, cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting and funding terrorism. Doha was also accused of “meddling” in the internal affairs of its neighbors and of expressing support for Saudi Arabia’s historic rival Iran.

Now Riyadh is reportedly worried that Doha’s planned acquisition of Russia's S-400 surface-to-air missile units will jeopardize the “national security” of its Persian Gulf neighbors. According to information obtained by Le Monde, King Salman has recently sent a letter to the French presidency, where he expressed his “deep concern” vis-à-vis the ongoing S-400 negotiations between Doha and Moscow.

    'Acquisition of this technology will limit degree with which US will feel comfortable in bringing additional technology into whatever country we are talking about' https://t.co/b56oumSyhX
    — RT (@RT_com) June 1, 2018

If the deal goes ahead “the Kingdom would be ready to take all necessary measures to eliminate this defense system, including military action,” the letter, addressed to President Emmanuel Macron, reportedly warns, asking Paris to apply diplomatic pressure on Doha.

The Qatari Ambassador to Russia in January noted that the countries are at an “advanced stage” of negotiating the purchase of the sophisticated S-400 aid-defense system. At the time, Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah noted that a military cooperation agreement, signed in October 2017 during the visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to the Arab state, “opened a path for Russia and Qatar to interact in [the] defense sphere, including deliveries of hardware, training of soldiers and officers, maintenance of weapons and, of course, cooperation of special services.”

The S-400 Triumf, also known under NATO disambiguation as ‘Growler,’ can detect and intercept almost anything that flies: From strategic bombers to radar and electronic warfare planes, to tactical attack jets, to cruise and ballistic missiles of all sizes and shapes. With this multi-functionality in mind, its only competitor is the tried-and-tested American Patriot, which, however, boasts much more modest specifications.

While Washington has yet to comment on the anticipated purchase of S-400s by Qatar, the US has recently locked horns with Ankara over its decision to secure its airspace using Russian systems. The US continues to insist that Turkey should only be using NATO-compatible systems and buying them from “allies.” Raising the stakes, US lawmakers introduced a bill which seeks to ban F-35 deliveries to Turkey, referring to the country as “increasingly hostile.”

US lawmakers also warned India that procurement of Russian advanced military systems may jeopardize defense cooperation and technology-sharing between Washington and New Delhi, urging the country to reconsider the purchase.
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Re: The Qatar thread
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2018, 01:36:29 AM »
If the US does this every country that wants to buy S-400, they will run out of allies.

It's very good for sales of military equipment.

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Re: The Qatar thread
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2018, 05:32:28 AM »
If the US does this every country that wants to buy S-400, they will run out of allies.

https://www.rt.com/news/428523-qatar-s400-saudi-threat/
Saudi Arabia threatens ‘military action’ if Qatar purchases Russian S-400 systems – report
2 Jun, 2018

Saudi Arabia has reportedly threatened “military action” against Qatar should its neighbor acquire Russian S-400 missile defense systems, according to Le Monde, citing a letter from King Salman to the French presidency.

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While Washington has yet to comment on the anticipated purchase of S-400s by Qatar, the US has recently locked horns with Ankara over its decision to secure its airspace using Russian systems. The US continues to insist that Turkey should only be using NATO-compatible systems and buying them from “allies.” Raising the stakes, US lawmakers introduced a bill which seeks to ban F-35 deliveries to Turkey, referring to the country as “increasingly hostile.”

US lawmakers also warned India that procurement of Russian advanced military systems may jeopardize defense cooperation and technology-sharing between Washington and New Delhi, urging the country to reconsider the purchase.

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Re: The Qatar thread
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 06:45:32 PM »
I wonder how Saudi Arabia thinks its national security will be harmed by Qatar buying S-400. It could shoot down their warplanes and missiles, of course, but by that stage they would enemies anyway.

https://www.rt.com/news/428817-qatar-saudi-missiles-russia/
‘Buying arms is a sovereign decision’ – Qatar FM rejects alleged Saudi threats over S-400 deal
5 Jun, 2018



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Qatar's Foreign Minister has rejected Saudi Arabia’s reported threats of military action over Doha’s interest in buying Russian S-400 missile systems. He said the country can decide for itself what weapons to buy.

"The purchase of any military equipment is a sovereign decision that no country has anything to do with," Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera on Tuesday. He stressed that any external pressure on the nation would violate international law.

Al Thani was responding to the letter the Saudi King had reportedly written to French President Emmanuel Macron. It was cited by French Le Monde and apparently claims that the purchase of Russian-made surface-to-air missile systems by Qatar will undermine “national security” of its Gulf neighbors, including Riyadh.

The letter allegedly asks Paris to apply diplomatic pressure on Doha and says that Saudis promise to take “all necessary measures” against Qatar “including military action”, if the S-400 deal comes to fruition.

Doha’s foreign affairs chief stressed that Qatar’s decision to buy the missile systems won’t be influenced by the Saudis. “Qatar made all the options open for its defense procurement. We are seeking the best quality to defend our country,” he claimed.

Al Thani rebuffed the claims that Qatar is any threat to the Saudis. He further explained that any military action would go against the Gulf Cooperation Council – a bloc of six oil-rich Arab monarchies, which both Qatar and Saudi Arabia are a part of – since it rules out the possibility of neighboring partners attacking each other.

Doha signed a military cooperation agreement with Moscow in 2017, and in January Qatari envoy to Russia said that the talks to buy S-400s are “in the advanced stage.”

This Tuesday marks a year since the start of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar. A number of nations, including Egypt and the UAE, cut diplomatic ties with Doha, suspended all flights in and out of the country, and banned Qatari-flagged ships from entering their ports.

The diplomatic row erupted after Riyadh and allies accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups and destabilizing the situation in the region. The anti-Qatar coalition issued a list of 13 demands, among them – downgrading the relations with Iran, closing a Turkish base, cutting ties with Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah and shutting down the Al Jazeera news network. Qatar rejected all of the demands.
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