U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman al Daudpoto: Reuters
U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo explained why missile defenses (PME) of Saudi Arabia, including the us Patriot failed to stop the drone attack on the oil installations of the state company Saudi Aramco. Reported by the Associated Press.
According to him, sometimes, air defense systems around the world have shown contradictory results, and even the best of them is not always intercept the target. “We will work to ensure that such attacks had no more success,” — said U.S. Secretary of state.
Pompeo added that the U.S. had never before faced similar scale attacks like Saudi Aramco. The attack on the oil company called it an “act of war”, but did not specify what would be the response of Washington.
According to the Agency, Saudi Arabia has several advanced Patriot systems, however, it is unknown whether they are in close proximity to oil facilities in the Kingdom. In addition, the us air defense system designed for “point defense” rather than defending the wide areas.
Earlier the President of Russia Vladimir Putin offered Saudi Arabia to buy Russian anti-aircraft missile systems s-400. According to him, the Russian air defense system able to protect any infrastructure, and it all depends on the “wise political decision” in Riyadh.
On the morning of 14 September, a fire occurred at the plant of the national oil company of Saudi Arabia Saudi Aramco. According to official information, the fire started in the attack drones. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Yemeni Houthi rebels. September 16, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham proposed to attack the oil refinery facilities in Iran.
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