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US House Sets Hurdle in Front of Biden Plan to Sell Turkey F-16 Jets

  • Erdogan would have to agree to not fly over Greek territory
  • Turkey sought F-16s after expulsion from F-35 jet program
Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter aircrafts in Balikesir, Turkiye on May 22.

Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter aircrafts in Balikesir, Turkiye on May 22.

Photographer: Ali Atmaca/Anadolu/Getty Images

The US House voted Thursday to allow President Joe Biden to sell Turkey upgraded F-16 jets -- if the country’s mercurial leader agrees to a key caveat. 

Lawmakers, by a margin of 244-179, backed a provision to the annual defense authorization bill that would prohibit the sale of F-16s to Turkey unless Biden certifies that providing the Lockheed Martin Corp. fighters is in the US national interest and that Turkey won’t use the jets for unauthorized territorial overflights of Greece.