The United States has blocked the sale of $1.2-million (1-million-euros) worth of arms to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security guards, following violence against protesters during Erdogan’s visit to Washington in May.
Earlier this year, the administration told Congress that it planned to allow New Hampshire gunmaker Sig Sauer to sell the weapons, which include hundreds of semi-automatic handguns and ammunition.
Following the assault on demonstrators, the Trump administration informed Ankara that it would put the sale on hold. Monday's Senate vote all but withdraws the proposal and could see future arms sales to Turkish security units blocked as well, AP reports.
Sig Seuer appeared to have pulled its request for the US government to sanction the sale to Turkey once it became apparent from Erdogan's office that they no longer planned to purchase the firearms.
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US Army's 101st Airborne Division will receive the first batch of SIG Sauer P320 semi-automatic pistol, replacing the Beretta M9. The P320 is aimed to eventually replace the Beretta M9 as the US Militarys standard service pistol, various local media reported Friday
Sig Sauer has won a $580 million contract for the Modular Handgun System including handgun, accessories and ammunition to replace the current Beretta M9 handgun. Bids were solicited via the Internet with nine received
Sig Sauer, Inc. was awarded on Sept
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