Foreign Ministry Slams "Flagrant Violation of International Law" by Turkish Navy


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ATHENS (ANA) - The violation of Greek territorial waters from Turkish Navy vessels in the area of Agathonisi on Monday constitutes a "flagrant violation of international law”, the Greek foreign ministry said in a statement.

“It is clear that there are forces in Turkey that do not want an understanding and good neighbourly relations between the two countries,” the ministry said.

Ministry sources also said criticized the “irresponsibility of some sides in Athens who, instead of recognizing that the meeting in Beijing changed the daily agenda of bilateral talks and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved away from his revisionist rhetoric, are trying to fuel tensions by discovering non-existing issues.” And added: “Do they want the Turkish President to accept the Lausanne Treaty of not?”

Greek Armed Forces record 141 national airspace violations by Turkish planes

The Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS) recorded 37 violations of air traffic rules by Turkish Air Force planes in Athens’ FIR on Monday which developed into 141 air space violations in several parts of the Aegean.

The fighter jets are participating in the Turkish exercise "Sea Wolf”, HNDGS said.

In total, 20 Turkish F-16, five naval cooperation CN-235 aircraft and 19 helicopters entered Athens’ FIR without submitting a flight plan. In all instances, Greek fighter jets identified and intercepted the Turkish aircraft, while in nine cases the interception turned into dogfights.