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Turkey’s Erdogan Targets Greece’s Mitsotakis in New NATO Rift

Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Kyriakos MitsotakisPhotographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday slammed Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis over his comments last week urging that the US Congress block the sale of F-16 warplanes to NATO ally Turkey.

Turkey wants to buy dozens of F-16 warplanes and upgrade kits from the US for its existing fleet. It also remains concerned that its traditional rival Greece may get superior F-35 jets, which the US has barred Ankara from buying on the grounds that its Russian-made S-400 missile systems might be used to gather intelligence on the stealth jet.