At least 13 countries are interested in buying a Russian missile system instead of platforms made by US companies, despite the threat of sanction

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At least 13 countries have expressed interest in buying a Russian missile system instead of platforms made by American companies, despite the potential for triggering U.S. sanctions, according to people with first-hand knowledge of a U.S. intelligence assessment.

One of the people, who declined to be named, said that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Vietnam, and Iraq have all discussed buying the S-400 missile system from Russia. However, the U.S. expects that a handful of countries will fold to diplomatic pressure.

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China, India and Turkey have already signed purchase agreements with the Kremlin. China, which is embroiled in a trade battle with the U.S., is in the middle of receiving their final shipment of the S-400 system.

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“Russia appears to be using air defense sales within much bigger political and economic frameworks,” Karako said. “In some cases, the purchase of S-400 looks a bit like what the ancient Romans called tribute.”


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