Fears Grow Over Turkish Incursions

Repeated Turkish violations of Greek air and sea space is creating the "serious danger" of a military incident, a retired Greek Commander has warned.

Repeated Turkish violations of Greek air and sea space is creating the “serious danger” of a military incident between the countries, a retired Greek Commander said.

Speaking to an Athens radio program, the former chief of the Greek Army, Christos Manolas, cited the Turkish aeronautical exercise close to the Greek isle of Oinousses, as well as Turkish fighter jets constantly violating air space and being tracked by Greek fighters.

“Turkey is a revisionist power; it is attempting to revise the Treaty of Lausanne. It believes it has the power and the means, and is constantly pressing the issue of control of the Aegean after 1974,” he said in statements to the radio station Realfm 97.8.

But he said for now, beyond the growth of the Turkish military presence near Oinousses, “They will not attempt something at this moment, they simply want to press the issue,” and test the level of Greek readiness.