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U.S. Backs Patriot Missile Sale to Turkey in Breakthrough

  • Proposal to sell Patriot missile system comes amid tensions
  • Erdogan alarmed U.S. with plan to buy a Russian missile system
A US Patriot missile defence system.
A US Patriot missile defence system.Photographer: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images
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The U.S. State Department notified Congress of a proposal to sell the Patriot air and missile defense system to Turkey, a move that may signal a breakthrough with a NATO ally that had been moving closer to Russia and roiling administration plans for the F-35 fighter jet.

The potential $3.5 billion deal for the Patriot system, which is manufactured by Raytheon Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., marks an opening gambit by the Trump administration to get Turkey to halt its purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system, which the administration and Congress had vehemently opposed, according to four people familiar with internal discussions before the announcement.