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US approves possible Patriot missile sale to Turkey in bid to block Russian purchase
Washington (CNN) – Amid diplomatic tensions between the US and Turkey on a range of issues, the US State Department announced Tuesday that it approved the possible sale of a $3.5 billion Patriot missile system to Turkey.
- By Ryan Browne, CNN
The approval is an attempt by the US to get Turkey to give up its plans to purchase the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system.
The proposed purchase has been a major impediment to closer US-Turkish relations amid fears the Russian system could allow Moscow to collect intelligence on American and NATO systems.
Turkey’s pursuit of the…