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Senator Van Hollen says no F-16s for Turkey if Sweden, Finland not admitted to NATO

The Democratic senator also discussed concerns about Israel’s new government, China’s inroads in the Gulf and more at the Al-Monitor PRO event. 
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) made it clear that Congress will block the F-16s sale to Turkey, if Ankara doesn’t allow Finland and Sweden into NATO. Van Hollen speaking at the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel North Portal on January 30, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — US Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., slammed Turkey as an "unfaithful ally" on Tuesday and called on the Senate to consider efforts to block F-16 sales to the country. Van Hollen made the comments during an Al-Monitor PRO event, where he addressed the new Israeli government, China's influence in the Gulf, and other regional issues as well. 

Van Hollen said that Turkey has been an “important partner” for NATO in the past, but he criticized the Turkish government on a variety of current issues, including threats to invade northern Syria. The senator said the United States and the European Union should consider sanctioning Turkey if President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thwarts Sweden's candidacy for membership in NATO.

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