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US making billions in arms sales to Europeans

Saturday 24/February/2018 - 09:22 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Mohsin
The United States is making billions of dollars in American arms sales to European nations by raising the specter of Russian aggression، according to a report.

The weapons deliveries are part of the Donald Trump administration's wider plans to confront Russia in the region، CNN reported on Saturday.

The State Department issued approval for a potential sale of the Patriot missile system، including about 100 missiles، to Sweden on Wednesday. The system is designed to intercept short- and medium-range ballistic missiles as well as drones.

A US military official based in Europe said Russia’s deployment of its nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to Kaliningrad was "the biggest move we've seen" in terms of the country’s efforts to militarize the Baltics.

"They've always had ballistic missiles there; this kind of brings a significantly longer range than they had there previously،" the official told the American broadcaster.

He claimed that the Russian missiles could threaten parts of Poland، Estonia، Latvia، Lithuania، Germany and Sweden.

"These sales are a response to not only Russia's increasing military activity، but also to the fact that Russia is modernizing its Air Force and long-range strike capabilities،" Magnus Nordenman، the director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative at the Washington-based Atlantic Council، told CNN.

The United States has encouraged its allies in the region to acquire American capabilities to counter Russian missiles.

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