Turkey announces suspension of deal to buy helicopters from Italy

Turkey announces suspension of deal to buy helicopters from Italy

Turkey has announced it will suspend a contract to buy training helicopters worth $ 83 million from Italy.

The announcement comes as Italy sharply criticizes Turkey for insulting European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen.

Turkey’s move is expected to further strain relations between the two countries. Italy, however, did not immediately comment.

Earlier, EU President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen were on a recent visit to Turkey when a meeting in the capital, Ankara, was reportedly set up with only two chairs instead of three. Thus stood European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen alone.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been accused of deliberately insulting European leaders. Condemning the incident, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi slammed Erdogan as a dictator.

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