October 3, 2019 / 7:07 PM / 8 months ago

CORRECTED-U.S. State Department backs missile sale to Ukraine -statement

(Corrects to make clear type of missiles were mentioned in call, but sale was finalized before call)

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 150 Raytheon Co Javelin missiles and related equipment worth up to $39.2 million to Ukraine, the Defense Department said in a statement on Thursday.

The type of missiles was mentioned in a July 25 call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that has prompted a congressional impeachment inquiry against Trump. The sale is to be funded with Ukrainian government funds, not U.S. funds, and was finalized before the leaders' conversation. (Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Susan Heavey and Dan Grebler)

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