National Herald: “Erdogan wants F-35s to violate Greek airspace”
Having repeatedly sending F-16 fighter jets into Greek airspace, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pressing for the United States to allow his country to buy F-35’s while going ahead with plans to buy a Russian S-400 missile defense system.
Greek-American and Diaspora groups and Hellenophiles in the Congress, led by New Jersey Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez, want to block the sale of the F-35s critics said could be used against Greece which ironically now has its closest ties ever to Washington.
That came after Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras dropped his anti-American and anti-NATO positions just as he reneged on anti-austerity promises and surrendered to the demands of European creditors to get an 86-billion euro ($96.6 billion) third bailout in the summer of 2015.
Erdogan said the F-35 project would collapse if Turkey did not participate, and that it would be an injustice to exclude his country over its plan to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system, said Reuters, although the US fears the fighter jet design could be compromised by Turkey having both.
President Donald Trump and Erdogan were said to have talked about setting up a working group to discuss whether Turkey could get the jets as the American leader is keen to sell weapons to almost anyone, although US intelligence is reportedly anxious and sanctions on Turkey were on the table if Erdogan persisted.
You may be interested
Erdogan: “84 million Turks will continue to defend Jerusalem” (video)Panos - May 18, 2021
Turkish President Recep Erdogan unleashed an unprecedented attack on US President Joe Biden on the occasion of the approval given…
All coronavirus vaccines in Greece available to citizens aged 40-44 as of Friday, says health expertPanos - May 18, 2021
Citizens aged 40-44 will be able to book vaccination appointments for any of the coronavirus vaccines currently available in Greece…
Dendias will be the first EU FM to visit Israel and Palestine since the start of the crisisPanos - May 18, 2021
Greece as pillar of stability and champion of promoting security and prosperity in the wider region is actively involved in…