President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis no longer exists for him after the latter’s comments and criticism of Turkey during his recent trip to the United States.
In a televised address following a Cabinet meeting, Erdoğan said Mitsotakis spoke out against Turkey and urged the US Congress not to allow the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.
The Biden administration is asking Congress to approve the sale of advanced weapons and other military equipment to NATO ally Turkey. The package is largely aimed at allowing Ankara to modernize its fleet of F-16 fighter jets and is seen as laying the groundwork for a possible sale of dozens more F-16s.
During his visit to Washington last week, Mitsotakis warned a joint session of Congress against backing the Biden administration’s proposed military sales to Turkey, saying such a move could create further instability in the region. .
“We had agreed with him not to include third countries in our dispute,” Erdoğan said. “Despite this, last week he traveled to the United States and spoke to Congress and warned them not to give us F-16s,” he noted.
“He no longer exists for me. I will never agree to meet him. We will continue to move forward with honorable politicians.”
Erdoğan also said that an upcoming Strategic Council meeting with Greece would no longer take place.