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Turkey Weighs New U.S. Call to Delay Buying Russian Missiles

  • Delay into 2020 would buy both sides time to avoid sanctions
  • U.S. says purchase would force Turkey out of F-35 program
An S-400 missile defense system.

An S-400 missile defense system.

Photographer: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

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Turkey is considering a U.S. request to delay the purchase of a Russian missile-defense system into 2020, a move that could ease tensions between the NATO allies, according to two people familiar with the proposal.

The Trump administration last week asked Ankara to postpone receiving the S-400 batteries which was set for July, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive negotiations.