US amendment on Turkish jets adds new factor in Athens-Ankara ties

PoliticsForeign Policy Tags: Defence, EastMed, Turkey, USA
Photo by Julius Muschalek via Flickr
Photo by Julius Muschalek via Flickr

The US House of Representatives approved last Thursday an amendment to the annual defence spending bill that restricts the sale of F-16 fighter jets and modernisation tools to Turkey unless the US president decided such a transfer is in America’s national interests.

The US leader would also need to guarantee to Congress that in the 120 days prior to the transfer, the Turkish government had not "violated the sovereignty of Greece, including through territorial overflights."

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