Greece and Cyprus should link Turkey F-16s to ending occupation 


US President Joe Biden has made official the quid pro quo for the deal struck for Turkey to lift its hold on Sweden's NATO membership. The White House sent letters to members of Congress urging that they approve a $20 billion sale of F-16s to Turkey.

"President Biden [and] Secretary [Antony] Blinken have been very clear of our support for modernizing Turkey's F-16 fleet, which we view as a key investment in NATO interoperability," a US State Department spokesman explained. 

The deal is wrong on a number of levels: Turkey is more likely to use the F-16s to harass its neighbors than support NATO operations. When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers Russian President Vladimir Putin, he sees not a threat to Europe, democracy, or peace but rather a business partner. Erdogan desires to strengthen the Turkish military, but not in the way Biden or NATO Secretary...

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