US suspends arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The White House on Wednesday, January 27, imposed a temporary ban on arms sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing high-ranking sources.

According to the publication, the administration of US President Joe Biden intends to revise the agreements on the sale of high-precision ammunition to Saudi Arabia and F-35 fighters to the UAE, approved by the former head of state Donald Trump.

On October 20, American Senators Robert Menendez and Jack Reed demanded to clarify the details of the alleged sale of F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates, which allegedly could become a threat to the US national security and the security of American troops. In the document, politicians recalled that the UAE, among other things, cooperates with the Russian Federation and China in the field of weapons.

In addition, in 2017, Abu Dhabi and Moscow signed an agreement, which includes, among other things, the development of a fifth generation fighter and the purchase of Russian Su-35 aircraft.

In September, Jared Kushner, an adviser to the then current US President Donald Trump, spoke about the situation around the sale of F-35 fighters to the UAE. He said that the American administration is “seriously discussing” this issue and intends to hold consultations with Israel.

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