Emir of Qatar Acknowledges Discuss Russian S-400 Purchase with Putin

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani talks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

atynews.com – Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani admits that he has been in talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin about the planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense system.

Launched from Le Monde, Monday (9/7/2018), However, he also said no agreement has been reached for the purchase.

“There is no agreement.It’s true we discussed it, we talked about it,” continued Emir of Qatar.

The planned purchase of Moscow’s sophisticated defense system by the wealthy Gulf-rich nation has alarmed Saudi Arabia. Riyadh even lobbied hard to stop it.

French newspaper Le Monde reported last month that Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud had written a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron about his concern over the Doha plan to buy the Moscow S-400.

In the letter, King Salman threatened to take military action against Qatar if it continues the purchase plan.

Although this purchase plan has spread across various media, He does not want to comment on it any further.

“I do not want to discuss in more detail,” said Sheikh Tamim.