R. Menendez: No F-16 in Turkey until it stands up to its responsibilities towards NATO.

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“From the ongoing violations of Greece’s airspace to the delay in Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession process, I sincerely hope that Turkey will change course and live up to its responsibilities to the Alliance, being a constructive partner in the region which we all hope it can be. Until then, I cannot support the sale or transfer of US F-16 fighter jets to Turkey,” US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said in an interview with Sunday’s Daily.

“I am deeply concerned by reports that Turkey is considering the purchase of an additional Russian S-400 missile defense system, which would be another clear violation of US sanctions imposed by the CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act)” notes. Regarding overflights over the Greek islands, he emphasizes that: “Turkey must stop its provocations and invasions of Greek territorial waters and Greek airspace. Full stop.”

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Elsewhere he says: “We cannot ignore Turkey’s trajectory under Erdogan. Today, the democratic process in Turkey has been significantly undermined, religious freedom is under constant pressure, we have seen unjustified arrests of US embassy officials, record levels of attacks on independent journalists and a complete crackdown on free speech rights. The latest military activity this week in Syria is further evidence that Erdogan is simply not acting as a responsible actor on the world stage. As Russia continues its violent and illegal invasion of Ukraine, the The government of Turkey has the responsibility and the opportunity to demonstrate unequivocally its commitment to NATO and the shared principles and values ​​that characterize this important partnership.”

Regarding Alexandroupoli, R. Menendez states that “I have long supported the need for greater energy interdependence and cooperation between Greece, the United States and other regional partners. The 3+1 scheme has proven to be a key partnership for regional energy security, which I believe we must continue to expand. I look forward to getting the 3+1 parliamentary set up and implementing the legislation I have drafted calling for the creation of a new energy hub. I was particularly pleased to visit Alexandroupoli this week and see the huge possibilities that the port has for both Greek-American and regional cooperation.

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The Greece-Bulgaria interconnector is also a huge step forward in securing Europe’s energy independence, and I hope that we can support efforts to develop this connection and integrate more European countries, especially with regard to the Western Balkans. I was also impressed by the military upgrades that Greece and the US have undertaken to enhance port capacity. Given its geostrategic location I believe we can do much more here to cooperate on the security front as we continue to recognize the importance of the Mediterranean for overall security.”

Regarding the prospects of Greece-US relations, among others, he emphasizes that: “We must continue to expand our cooperation in emerging technologies, in the digital economy and in all aspects of the shipping industry, including port development and commercial shipping.”

Source: AMPE

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