Erdogan rails against US senator for lifting of arms ban to Cyprus

Turkey’s president on Sunday criticized a prominent U.S. senator as an “enemy of Turkey” who actions pose a “thoughtless threat” to Turkish-U.S. relations.

Asked about a proposal by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez to lift the arms embargo on the Greek Cypriot administration, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters he believed U.S. President Donald Trump would “not fall for this scheme.”

“A senator’s approach at this point should never damage Turkish-U.S. relations,” he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey staged an invasion using a coup as a pretext, and despite the failure of the coup, Turkey broke a ceasefire and occupied nearly a third of the island nation.