U.S. Proposes Sale Of Patriot Missile
System To Turkey
December 19, 2018
The State Department says the United States has proposed the sale of a
$3.5 billion Patriot missile system to Turkey.
Congress has been notified of the proposed sale, aimed at boosting
Ankara's air- and missile-defense capabilities.
The State Department says the deal "will contribute to the foreign
policy and national security of the United States by improving the
security of a key NATO ally on the front lines of the fight against
proposal comes after NATO member Turkey announced it was buying S-400
surface-to-air missile systems from Russia.
Washington has complained that the Russian system is not compatible with
weapons used by other NATO allies.
The State Department says, "The proposed sale will enhance Turkey's
interoperability with the United States and NATO."
Asked about the American move, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on
December 19 that Russia's contract to supply Ankara with S-400 missile
systems is being fulfilled regardless of Turkey's decision about the
Patriot missile system.
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