Turkey suspends purchase of helicopters from Italy after words about Erdogan

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Turkey suspends purchase of helicopters from Italy after words about Erdogan

Turkey has suspended the purchase of helicopters from the Italian company Leonardo after the words of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who called Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan a dictator. This is reported by La Repubblica.

As the newspaper notes, the Turkish government does not want to be content with explanations through diplomatic channels and demands an official apology for the words of the Italian prime minister. “And since there are no replies from Rome, the Turkish authorities started sending threatening signals,” the article says.

Earlier, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi characterized the head of Turkey as a dictator, while noting the need for cooperation with him. According to him, the right balance should be found in relations to such politicians.

After that, the Italian Ambassador to Ankara Massimo Gayani was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, where he was asked to clarify the Prime Minister’s statement. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu condemned Draghi’s statement and stressed that Erdogan took office as a result of the elections.

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