Qatar has ordered Kornet anti-tank missile systems, Kalashnikov assault rifles, grenade launchers, and machine guns under an agreement it signed with Russia in October 2017, the Russian ambassador to Doha told the Tass news agency on 21 July.
The signing of a military contract was announced that month, but no details were released at that time.
Qatar announced in January 2018 that it was also interested in Russia’s S-400 long-range air-defence system. Ambassador Nurmahmad Kholov told Tass that “there are still no concrete outlines for this issue”.
Asked about Saudi Arabian opposition to Qatar’s acquisition of the S-400, Kholov said, “I do not think it will be of key importance if the question arises in some way”.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told the French newspaper Le Monde in June that Riyadh was “ready to take all necessary measures to eliminate this [Qatari S-400] defence system, including military action”.
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