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Saturday, February 27, 1999 Published at 06:52 GMT


World: Europe

Report says US froze arms sales to Greece


A Pentagon spokesman has confirmed a report in the Washington Post that the United States froze arms sales to Greece earlier this month on suspicion that it had provided Russia with secret Nato aircraft jamming codes.

The spokesman Kenneth Bacon said an American team had investigated the allegations and concluded that the suspected transaction did not, in fact, take place.

He said the suspension of arms sales was likely to be lifted.

The Pentagon initially suspected that Greece had provided Russia with the Nato codes in exchange for a Russian radio jamming system.

It was alleged that Greece wanted to use the system against Turkey, another member of Nato, because of tensions over Cyprus and other territorial disputes.

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