ATHENS – Turkey’s Coast Guard said a video released by a Greek newspaper showing a Turkish Coast ship apparently trying to ram a Greek Coast Guard vessel, whose crew responded by firing warning shots in the air was old footage.
Turkey criticized the release of the report about a showdown on Feb. 5 near the Greek island of Farmakonisi that showed the Turkish vessel rapidly approaching the Greek ship from behind, almost ramming into it.
Turkey’s Coast Guard, said Turkey’s pro-government newspaper The Daily Sabah, shared a video showing Turkish-flagged fishing vessels off the Turkish coast showing it was shooing off a Greek Coast Guard ship.
“When the Greek Coast Guard boat shot into the air during their removal from the area, the Turkish Coast Guard boat responded in kind,” it said about the incident that came as tensions were sky-high between the countries.
Turkey said the release of a video in Greece was shared on some Greek news portals and social media “as if the mentioned incident had just happened and were a recent one,” the statement read.
Repeated Turkish violations of Greek airspace and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threat to invade Greece and demands that Greek remove troops off Aegean islands near Turkey’s coast have brought fears of a conflict.