Greek, Turkish Military Officials Talk; Turkish Jets Invade Greek Airspace

(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

ATHENS – As Turkish military officials were sitting down in Greece’s capital to talk with their counterparts and ratchet down tension, Turkish fighter jets violated Greek airspace 34 times, likely undercutting hopes diplomacy would work.

The two sides were to pick up again with so-called Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) with Greek officials reportedly not confident they would work as an emboldened Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeing the European Union issue only soft sanctions over his country’s ships drilling for energy off Cyprus has taken a tougher line with Greece too.

NATO, the defense alliance to which both countries belong, has refused to intervene over repeated Turkish invasions of Greek airspace and waters and with Erdogan saying he would authorize drilling for oil and gas off Crete as part of a deal he made with Libya dividing the seas between them.

Greece and Turkey maintain regular military-to-military meetings, aimed at avoiding confrontation along disputed boundaries in the region but it hasn’t worked to reduce the fear there could be an accidental conflict.
The defense ministers, Greece’s Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Turkey’ Hulusi Akar, met on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels a week earlier to discuss the agenda of the talks in Athens but there was no response about the new wave of air violations.

Four pairs of Turkish F-16 and a CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft entered the Athens Flight Information region (FIR) without having previously submitted a flight plan, media reports said of what is a common occurrence.

In all cases, the Turkish aircraft were intercepted by Greek jets in line with international rules of engagement. Six of the Turkish aircraft carried weapons, raising the stakes there could be a conflict.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)

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    1. Just TNH enhanced propaganda campaign to tell Greeks why the Greek Secret Society of Ahepan Masons and Mistotakis .. must take over Greece and become a military colony of Neo Con war mongers and Fascist of the US government,. to wage war on Iran, Russia , Syria, Yemen , Iraq…etc etc ..and any country who has not surrendered its sovereignty to the new world order of Tyrants occupying 89 countries of the world… and now insanely ..having Greece join Nato US on the borders of Russia …to conduct war games called Defender Euro. 20 in March, that could incite WW111 in Europe ..since, all it will take is an accidental or deliberate missile, shelling , or overflight by U.S and Nato bombers on to the territories of Russia ..to incite a military response by Russia …who unlike U.S agent Mistotakis, will defend the sovereign territory of Russia!

      You see… Greece is now the sovereign territory of the EU and US …and they decide on whether they will defend Greece air space!

      Lets be reminded, Donald Trump told U.S agent Mistotakis that he will not help Greece against Turkey … and told him .that Edrogan was a great guy …and He Mistotakis should GET TOGETHER AND TALK WITH EDROGAN AND WORK THINGS OUT!

      AND U.S AGENT MISTOTAKIS AND DIAMANTARIS ..HAVE DONE EXACTLY WHAT HE TOLD THEM … AND ALL THE TURKISH OVERFLIGHTS ARE DESIGNED TO TURN GREECE MILITARY BASES INTO U.S BASES …BASED ON THE MOB TACTIC …OF TAKING OVER YOUR COUNTRY FOR PROTECTION

  1. CONT..

    It is now clear …no Greek should die in any war ..as long as it is occupied by US Nato and EU…because Greece no longer exists..its culture, assets, and sovereingty ..not owned by foreign degenerates in Washington and Brussels!

    No Greek American .with Greek Blood should support a Government and country …which does not promote Greek interests, culture, and independence, but serves the landlords of foreign Aristocratic Elitist and billionaire Oligarks!

    Diamantaris .. just a stooge journalist for Aristocratic Elitist .. and Greek Secret Society cullts…who serve the glory to America and Israel billionaires Aristocrates ..who like Anastasiades in Cyprus… is provided private Jets by foreign aristocrates he calls gifts for his cooperation in providing Golden Visas to rich Aristocrates from Saudi Arabia…and is still unaccountable for bribery and corruption!

    Diamantaris..just a stooge journalist for Aristocratic Elitist ..who promotes Ahepan Robert Menendez .. a bonafide corrupt pay to play politicians who took millions of dollars of embezzled money from the Medicare funds of America from a Nice Jewish Doctor and Glory to Israel.lobbying ..who is now spending 20 years in Prison for his generous gifts to .. what Diamataris call the Greatest Hellene in Greek History, who also called the bribes he received …Gifts!

    I will never again visit my Great Grandparents and Grand parents land in Sparta..until US, Nato and EU occupiers are out!

    1. My hope is that those March NATO maneuvers, although unwise, will occur without any violence. Wouldn’t that make Michael frustrated!

  2. Yes… John… lets hope Putin is much more wiser and sane than the U.S Nato war criminals which include Nato Greece and your number one enemy Nato Turkey ..who with the U.S have invaded, terrorized and slaughtered Syrians, libyans and Iraqis to , defend the security of the EU Nato countries! .

    Putin knows that U.S and Nato are already at war with Russia, if you haven’t noticed,, and what US and Nato are capable of doing to Russian citizens., as they did in the middle east …as declared by Donald Trump…

    ” US Killed Millions in War Based on Lies . “We went to war under a false & now disproved premise,

    “The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East.

    Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!

    ” We went to war under a false & now disproved premise”

    I will not be frustrated if there is no war, but there are billions of foreign citizens thruout the world victimized by U.S and Nato…who pray and hope for Russia to unleach its entire arsenal on U.S and Nato!

    You see the people of the world consider the U.S society the greatest threat to peace in the world… Gallup polls of countries!

    You are sick!

    Unlike you John .. a Greek coward..who is so impotent to dare condemn what they are doing to the world…and that is what frustrates you!

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