Erdogan challenges Greece over alleged airspace violations

by | Sep 3, 2022 | World

Turkish president warns Greece it will pay a ‘heavy price’ if it harasses Turkish fighter jets over the Aegean.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Greece it would pay a “heavy price” if it continues to harass Turkish fighter jets over the Aegean and hinted at military action.
The two uneasy NATO neighbours have longstanding sea and air boundary disputes which lead to near-daily air force patrols and interception missions mostly around Greek islands near Turkey’s coastline.
“Hey Greece, take a look at history. If you go further, you will pay a heavy price,” Erdogan told a packed rally in the Black Sea city of Samsun on Saturday.
Historic rivals Turkey and Greece have been at odds over issues ranging from overflights and the status of Aegean islands to maritime boundaries and hydrocarbon resources in the Mediterranean, as well as the 1974 division of Cyprus.
Turkey has in recent months complained of what it calls provocative actions by Athens, saying such moves undermine peace efforts.
In one such incident, Ankara said last weekend Greece had used a Russian-made air defence system to harass Turkish jets on a reconnaissance mission in what it termed a “hostile action”.
In his address, Erdogan accused Greece of “attempting to threaten us with S-300s”.
Athens has dismissed the allegations and often accuses Ankara of overflying Greek islands.
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‘Don’t forget Izmir’
An infuriated Erdogan accused Greece of “occupying” islands in the Aegean Sea that have a demilitarised status.
“We have only one word to tell Greece: do not forget Izmir [Smyrna in Greek],” Erdogan s …

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