“We have been friends with Greece for many decades, we have never fought in opposite camps,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan 24 hours before meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the UN headquarters in New York.
On the eve of the meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, on the evening of Wednesday, September 20, the Turkish president launched a friendship attack towards Greece, saying that the two countries have been “friends for many decades . We never fought in opposite camps.”
The comment was made on the occasion of the attitude of Bob Menendez, whom Erdogan said “has taken a hostile approach to Turkey and is trying to drag us into some discussions of his choice, but we are not going to be part of that.”
As Manolis Kostidis broadcasts from Istanbul, in an interview with the PBS network, journalist Amna Nawaz asks him the following question: “As you know, there are skeptics in the US Congress about this sale of F-16s. Among them is the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Menendez. I spoke with him last week and he cites several reasons he is against the sale right now, that you threaten Greek security, imprison journalists and opposition politicians, don’t participate in Western Alliance sanctions against Russia. And he said: “Turkey has the opportunity to show us and the rest of NATO that it is part of the group.” What about this one;”.
And Erdogan replied: “Bob Menendez doesn’t know much about Turkey. And Menendez doesn’t seem to know Tayyip Erdogan either. We have been friends with Greece for many decades. We never fought in opposite camps. It seems that Menendez has taken a hostile approach to Turkey and is trying to drag us into some discussions of his choosing, but we are not going to be a part of that. Our friendship with Greece is not as they present it”.
Amna Nawaz continued: “What about the US sale of F-16s to Turkey? Do you think this is connected to Turkey’s support for Sweden joining NATO? Because the day after you agreed to push Sweden’s NATO application through your House, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington would go ahead with the F-16 sale. In your opinion, are the two issues connected?’
And the Turkish president responded: “I think these two issues should not be connected, because while, first of all, President Biden said that this issue was tied to Congress, we would always say, okay, we have the T/National Assembly. So these issues are connected to the Parliament. If Parliament does not take a positive decision on this application, then there is nothing we can do.
This question cannot be asked of a political leader. As the way I approach countries around the world they are based on the “Kazan-Kazan” win-win scenario. The better relations I have with the USA, the better relations I will have with Russia. With the same approach I will have relations with the EU members. kazan-kazan”.
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