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US approves potential $323 million arms sale to Finland

US approves potential $323 million arms sale to Finland

The Biden administration has approved a potential $323 million arms sale to Finland, which shares a border with Russia.

The administration informed Congress on Monday of its approval of the possible sale of tactical missiles and Joint Stand Off Weapons, the US State Department said in a notice.

The approval of the proposed sale comes as Finland seeks to join NATO.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a trusted partner, which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” the notice said. “Is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist Finland in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.”

“The proposed sale will improve Finland’s air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons capabilities and will positively impact U.S. relations with countries in the Nordic region,” the notice continued. “Finland intends to use these defense articles and services for its fighter aircraft fleet. Finland will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.”

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