Saudi threatens military action if Qatar deploys S-400 missiles
By Khaama Press - Sun Jun 03 2018, 3:02 pm
Saudi King Salman had written a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing his profound concern over negotiations between Doha and Moscow and the possibility that Qatar could deploy the missiles, according to Reuters, citing a report by Le Monde.
“The kingdom would be ready to take all necessary measures to eliminate this defence system, including military action,” Le Monde quoted the letter to Macron as saying.
The news outlet further added that the letter had been sent “recently”, but was not more specific.
The Saudi King has reportedly asked Macron for his assistance to prevent the sale of the missiles and preserve peace in the region.
The French and Saudi Arabia officials have not formally commented in this regard so far.
This comes as Qatar and Russia signed an agreement on military and technical cooperation last year.
Qatar’s ambassador to Russia was quoted as saying in January that it was in talks to buy the Russian S-400 missile air defense systems.