The United States support efforts to de-escalate tensions between Greece and Turkey, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price has said, adding that NATO unity is especially important.
Price was asked to comment on Senator Menendez’s remarks regarding Erdogan’s statement that he will fire a missile at Athens unless the Greeks stay calm. He said also that Erdogan is a close friend and ally of the presidents of Russia and Iran, and added that as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he will not approve any F-16s for Turkey until Erdogan halts his campaign of aggression across the entire region.
“Our assessment is what is reflected in what I just shared regarding the statements that we’ve heard between our two close NATO Allies. This is a time, we think, when unity within the Alliance and between and among Allies is especially important. We regret the escalation of tensions between two Allies, especially between two such important NATO Allies. It doesn’t serve anyone’s interests, and we continue to support all efforts to de-escalate those tensions, including the efforts that are being undertaken now or have been undertaken in Brussels” Price said.
SOURCE: CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY