Biden suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Biden suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE

The administration of the US President Joe Biden has suspended a number of deals on arms sales to other countries.

The agency explained that “implementation of some outstanding shipments and deals in the field of defense has been suspended. The State Department explains this by the need to “give the new leadership an opportunity to assess” such transactions, which is a normal procedure at the start of the new administration.

So the State Department explained the publication of The Wall Street Journal, which reported, citing sources, that the Biden administration suspends the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In particular, the question was about high-precision ammunition for Riyadh and fifth generation fighters F-35 for the UAE.

Earlier, a member of Biden’s team, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, during his candidacy hearings for the post, supported the supply of American weapons to Ukraine after the inauguration. In December 2020, it was reported that U.S. arms shipments to Ukraine were at a record high. For example, Washington sold $510.5 million worth of weapons to Kiev over the past year, nearly double the amount for 2019.