Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was “no more” for him, accusing the Greek leader of trying to stop the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey during a visit to the United States.
“We agreed with him not to include third countries in our dispute. Nevertheless, last week, he went to the United States and spoke to Congress and warned them not to give us F-16s,” Erdogan said. Press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting.
“He is no more for me. I will never agree to meet him. We will continue our way with respected politicians.”
Turkey and Greece, both NATO allies, are at odds over a number of issues, including maritime borders, their continental shelf, airspace and ethnically divided Cyprus.
During his visit to the United States, where he met with US President Joe Biden and senior US officials last week, Mitsotakis said Greece would begin the process of purchasing F-35 fighter jets from the United States by 2030.
Following Erdogan’s remarks, Greek government spokesman Giannis Oikonomo responded that Mitsotakis protects Greece’s rights and international law, and that Greece’s foreign policy is based on its alliance.
“We will not go into a counter-argument with the Turkish leadership. Our policy is a policy of policy,” he said in a statement.
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