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Erdogan sees advantage in U.S. senator Menendez’s troubles -media

ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey needs to turn the legal troubles of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a long-time critic of his government, into opportunity for its requested purchase of F-16 U.S. fighter jets, Turkish media said on Tuesday.

“Menendez being out of the picture is an advantage,” Erdogan was quoted as telling reporters aboard a flight, after the powerful U.S. senator was charged with taking bribes from three New Jersey businessmen.

Menendez, a Democrat who stepped down temporarily as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has long opposed the potential sale of F-16s to Turkey and criticised Erdogan’s record on human rights.