Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that the United States has begun to disrupt the balance it prefers between Turkey and Greece, and that an ally like the United States should pay attention to these balances.
Cavusoglu spoke with the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Becera Turkovic, at the joint press conference held after his meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Expressing that they will hold the second meeting of the strategic mechanism meeting at the ministerial level during his meeting with his US counterpart Anthony Blinken in Washington on January 18, Cavusoglu confirmed that he and Blinken will discuss the issues that set their agenda on Wednesday.
Underlining that military negotiations on the F-16 issue have been completed here, Cavusoglu said:
It was referred by the US Department of Defense to the State Department. The administration informally notified Congress through the State Department. It is reported to the chairmen of the Foreign Relations Committee and to the most experienced member of both wings. Even if no objection is received from here, the process is completed. It is an official notification. There is a 51 percent chance that the US Congress will reject the president’s request in this direction. If that happens, the chief sends it back. If that happens, it must be rejected this time by a two-thirds majority.”
“We expect it to go smoothly.”
Noting that this is not seen very often in American history, Cavusoglu said, “Especially the senator constantly raises his objections. But you know that the amendment proposals submitted earlier have been approved. We expect things to go smoothly.” He said.
Cavusoglu said that they had reached an agreement with the US administration in every sense of the word, and said, “If (the US administration) stands firm, there will be no problems. We do not want to buy products from a country that ties our hands with conditions.” Use the phrase.
Referring to the news in the media about the delivery of the F-35 to Greece, Çavuşoğlu said: “The balance in relations between Turkey and Greece has begun to deteriorate. The United States had a balance policy. In Cyprus, the balance between the Turkish and Greek parts has begun to deteriorate. An ally like the United States needs to take care of these balances.” He said.
Çavuşoğlu emphasized that they are not interested in who sells weapons to any side, and said, “What matters to us is our strength, what we do, and what steps we take for our interests, and this is what matters to us.” He said.
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