Turkey decided to block a contract valued at 83 bn dollars that was intended on buying miliary helicopters made by italian manufacturer Leonardo. This decision came after italian prime-minister Mario Draghi called the Turkey’s president, Recep Erdogan, as „dictator” – according to defenseworld.net. The disruption of contract could of been avoided if Dragi would have said sorry for his statement, but this didn’t happen. In this contract, the turkish goverment should of buy some military helicopters and was supposed to be signed in the comming days.
Not only Leonardo company is affected by the reckless statement of Mario Draghi, but other three italian companies who have an office in Turkey received „warnings” from the turkish government that their business may be affected. At the moment, Turkey have in their military fleet attack helicopters T129 Atak, made together with Leonardo company.
Few days ago, italian prime-minister Mario Dragi said about Recep Erdogan that is a dictator after the „Sofagate” scandal when European Commision president Ursula von der Leyen was forced to sit on a couch because she did not had a seat on a meeting of world leaders with Erdogan. „I was very upset about the humiliation that Mrs. Von der Leyen was subjected by these, lets call them as they are, dictators”, said Draghi.
Turkish president Recep Erdogan met the president of European Council and the president of European Commission, but in the reception room there was an awkward moment when Ursula von der Leyen did not had a seat next to the two male leaders. One of the key topics of this meeting between Erdogan and EU leaders was the situation of human rights in Turkey and violences against the womens.