Bob Menendez signed for Greek F-35s and sent a deterrence message to Turkey

Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate, made public statements about the Greek F-35s and spoke about the United States’ presence in the country as a means of preventing a possible Turkish attack against Greece.

More specifically, Bob Menendez stated during the Delphi Economic Forum:

“I am happy that two days ago I signed for the F35 of the Hellenic Republic and I did it not because I am simply a fan of the Greek people. I did it because this is a country that shares our values, that is aligned with us on things that are important in the world like democracy, human rights, the rule of law, a country that is not hostile to its neighbors.
When we have shared values ​​with a country and there is also a strategic interest, I have no problem giving the green light as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee that has jurisdiction over the matter. I have no problem signing under these circumstances. But when a country does the exact opposite of that, then yes, I have a problem agreeing to that kind of sale,” Menendez said of the F-35s.

How did the Turkish media and public opinion react to the "Greek" F-35?
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nicholas Priest)

Menendez also sent a clear message to Ankara about possible United States military involvement in the event of an attack on Greece, saying:

“So wait a minute, you want to hit a country that has an American presence in the Souda Bay? You want to hit a country that has such an American presence in Alexandroupolis. Do you really think that’s smart? I don’t think it’s smart to do any of that. Because there is no reason, Greece did nothing to provoke Turkey,” Menendez said.

With information from ERTNEWS

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