Top Democrat opposes Biden administration’s plan to sell fighter jets to Turkey

Sen. Bob Menendez, DN.J., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Friday that he plans to continue blocking the Biden administration’s plan to sell military jets to Turkey.

“As I have repeatedly made clear, I strongly oppose the Biden administration’s proposed sale of new F-16 aircraft to Turkey,” Menendez said in a statement.

“President Erdogan continues to undermine international law, disregard human rights and democratic standards, and engage in alarming and destabilizing behavior in Turkey and against neighboring NATO allies.”

The Democrat added that he will continue to oppose the deal – which is still pending – “until Erdogan stops his threats, improves his human rights record domestically – including by journalists and political to release the opposition – and begin to act as a trusted ally should.”

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Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, has long opposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.

Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, has long opposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.
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The $20 billion deal would require congressional approval, which would also depend on Turkey’s approval of Sweden and Finland’s applications to join NATO in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.

The State Department notified Congress on Thursday of its intention to go through with the deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Washington's demands over the warplane deal are

A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed Washington’s demands over the warplane deal are “endless”.
(Photo by Mustafa Kamaci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Turkey made the request for the fighter jets just over a year ago.

Menendez said he approves the proposed sale of 40 F-55s to Greece.

On Saturday, a spokesman for Erdogan called US demands regarding the possible sale “endless”.

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“If they keep pushing Turkey in other directions with F-16 (and) F-35 sanctions, and then Turkey reacts, they blame Turkey again, that’s not fair game,” he said. “It seems their list of demands is endless. There’s always something.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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