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U.S. says EU has no legal basis to impose tariffs in aircraft dispute

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday said the European Union could not legally impose tariffs on U.S. imports since a World Trade Organization decision authorizing countermeasures related to a since-repealed state tax break.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said any move by the EU to slap tariffs on $4 billion of U.S. airplanes and other goods would be “plainly contrary to WTO principles and will force a U.S. response.”

He said Washington would intensify its ongoing negotiations with Brussels to restore fair competition and resolve the dispute.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal and David Lawder

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