A new harsh attack against Turkey in front of the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, was launched by the chairman of the Committee on International Relations of the US Senate, Robert Menendez, who after presenting Ankara's provocative moves then concluded that "it is not worth buying the F -16.
In 90 seconds Menendez "undressed" Turkey, without naming it, ending with a question to Mr. Blinken "how do you characterize such a country?". When the US Secretary of State replied “a defiant ally”, Robert Menendez came back and said: “That country is Turkey. A country that does all these things doesn't deserve to get F-16s."
Senator Bob Menendez launches 90-second long tirade criticizing Turkey on everything from human rights, ties w/Greece, delay of NATO expansion & asks “What do you call such a country?” Blinken responds: “A challenging ally.” Menendez says Ankara does not deserve to get the F-16s. pic.twitter.com/kf7gZIrXsU
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Watch Menendez's intervention on Turkey:
Read what Rober Menendez told Anthony Blinken about Turkey
Menendez: What do you call a country:
Which violates the airspace and territorial waters of another country without prior provocation?
Who exercises in the exclusive economic zone of another country?
Who is buying Russian military equipment in violation of US law?
Which has more lawyers and journalists in jail than almost any other country and jails its main political opponent before an election?
Which seeks by force to block the rights of an EU member state to research on its continental shelf?
Which has not only joined the EU sanctions. against Russia, but has exported about $800 million worth of goods to Russia?
Continuing airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, including against US partners such as the Syrian Democratic Forces?
Where did he stop the critical enlargement of NATO?
Which continues to occupy an EU country. with 40.000 troops and in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and seeks to open an area frozen by the United Nations?
Who denies religious freedom to the religious leader of millions of citizens of the Greek Orthodox faith?
Who has turned a church into a mosque in violation of UNESCO commitments?
Where arrests and imprisons US personnel?
Blinken: I think I would call it a challenging ally
Menendez: Well, I call this country Turkey. And the reality is that I don't think that such a country ... that it's worth selling the F-16s to.
Source: First Topic