Congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Frank Pallone urged the Biden administration to deny Turkey's request to purchase 40 next-generation F-16 fighter jets and upgrade kits for its current fleet.
In their letter, they point out that under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has for years used its military might to destabilize the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, the South Caucasus and North Africa.
In particular, they emphasize that Turkey and the forces it supports "have used American-made weapons and components during these incursions to commit war crimes," and granting Turkey's request "is more likely to result in more death and destruction in the region."
Bilirakis and Pallone also said that Erdogan's regime continues to use undemocratic methods and human rights abuses.
“Approving this proposal would reward President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for ignoring both Turkey’s alliance commitments to the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the vast human rights abuses his regime continues to commit at home and abroad,” they say.