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US hopes Turkey buys Patriot, drops Russian missile pledge

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US hopes Turkey buys Patriot, drops Russian missile pledge

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ISTANBUL — A senior U.S. official says Washington hopes Turkey will choose the Patriot air defence system over a Russian system that has raised NATO concerns.

Turkey has pledged to buy the Russian S-400 missile defence system, with deliveries starting in 2019. The American official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they want to offer Turkey “as real, as credible and as urgent alternative as possible.”

In December, the U.S. approved the possible sale of the Patriot system for an estimated $3.5 billion. The official said the U.S. believed the Patriot would be more in Turkey’s and NATO’s interests.

Relations have been tested by Turkey’s insistence on buying the Russian system, which the U.S. says poses a risk to U.S. F-35 fighter jets.

Zeynep Bilginsoy, The Associated Press

Source: 570 News

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