US will be ‘closely monitoring’ Turkey

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., speaks at Prince George's Community College, Center for the Performing Arts, on Sept. 14, 2023, in Largo, Md. [Alex Brandon/AP]

The Biden administration has assured the US Congress that it will closely monitor Turkey's behavior towards Greece, particularly focusing on potential overflights of Turkish F-16s over Greek islands and violations of Greek airspace, Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says in an interview with Kathimerini, emphasizing that there will be consequences if Ankara does not comply. He explains that Congress has "tools" at its disposal that it can utilize.

Meanwhile, the Maryland senator, a champion of Greek positions, stresses that the supply of F-35 fighter jets to Greece will proceed smoothly. Speaking of the possibility of Turkey returning to the F-35 program and acquiring the fifth-generation aircraft, he says that such a prospect is not in the cards as long as Ankara refuses to change its stance on the Russian-made S-400 air...

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