Washington approves sale of Patriot missiles to Turkey

Washington approves sale of Patriot missiles to Turkey


The US State Department has approved the sale of 80 Patriot missiles and other military equipment to Turkey, the Pentagon said Tuesday after notifying Congress, a procedure that does not mean that a contract between Washington and Ankara has actually been concluded.

Earlier this year, the United States said it wanted to convince Turkey to favor Raytheon’s Patriot system over S-400 Russian air-to-air missiles.

Ankara signed a contract valued at 2.5 billion dollars (2.1 billion euros) for the delivery of Russian-designed S-400 missiles in late 2017.

The supply of Russian missiles to Turkey worries Ankara’s allies in NATO, especially because the S-400 missiles can not be integrated into the Atlantic Alliance’s military structures.

US officials have also warned Ankara that the deal with Moscow could call into question the purchase of F-35 stealth fighter jets from Lockheed Martin and trigger US sanctions.

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