Turkey Succeeds in USA Backing for Its F-16 Fighter Jets Upgrades

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Greece and Turkey have been locked in an escalating war of words over Ankara’s claims that Athens has been deploying troops to islands near their maritime border in numbers that violate post-war peace treaties. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month said that he would no longer hold bilateral meetings with Greek leaders as provided for in a 2010 agreement between the two sides.

Turkey has also accused Greece of declining to extradite Turkish soldiers believed by Ankara to have played a direct role in the attempted 2016 coup against Erdogan. 

Last month, Erdogan said that Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis “no longer exists” for him, accusing the Greek leader of trying to block the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey during a visit to the United States.


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GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.