USA: Out of the Senate defense budget is the Menendez amendment for the F-16s

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USA: Out of the Senate defense budget is the Menendez amendment for the F-16s

Out of the Senate the amendment filed by Robert Menendez for the F-16s, as it was not included in the House’s version of the defense budget

The amendment tabled by Mr Robert Menendez for the F-16s, as it was not included in the House version of the Defense Budget (NDAA).

All amendments that did not garner broad consensus were reportedly removed. It is noted that the corresponding amendment by Chris Papas remains in the Parliament’s version.

The final text of the defense budget will be decided after negotiations between the House and the Senate.

It is recalled that a few days ago, the US senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, filed an amendment to the US Defense Budget Bill (NDAA), which set conditions for the sale and upgrade of the F-16 in Turkey.

Specifically, Senator Menendez’s amendment stated that the president cannot sell or authorize the export of new F-16 aircraft or F-16 upgrade technology or modernization kits to any authority under the provisions of the Defense Export Control Act , to the government of Turkey, or to any agency or agency of Turkey, unless the president certifies to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the congressional defense committees:

  • that such transfer is in the national interest of the United States.
  • (this certification) must include a detailed description of the specific measures taken to ensure that such F-16s are not used by Turkey for its repeated unauthorized overflights against Greece.”

Ten days ago, a second amendment was filed by Senator Chris Van Hollen that placed additional conditions on Turkey for the acquisition and upgrade of F-16 fighters.

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