Turkish Fighter Jets Violate Greek Airspace, Again



590_4996240c29d81a2eb95ddb98e781429fA formation of Turkish fighter jets violated Greek airspace a total of 20 times on Wednesday before being chased off by Greek aircraft, according to a Kathimerini report.

A total of six Turkish fighter jets flying in formation entered Greek airspace repeatedly over the north, central, and southern Aegean Sea.

The Turkish jet fighters were carrying armaments and a tense close-quarters confrontation occurred between the neighboring countries’ aircraft.

Turkish aircraft violate Greek airspace over the Aegean Sea quite often as maritime boundaries between the two countries are a constantly source of disagreement. The incidents are so routine that Turkey now lists all incidents under the “Daily Activities” section of the chief of general staff website.

“The question of sovereignty over the Aegean in simplest terms is the difference between Greek territorial waters of six nautical miles and the 10-nautical-mile airspace Greece claims,” Metin Gurcan writes for Al-Monitor, according to the report. “The conflict arises when Turkey recognizes the Greek national airspace over the Aegean as six miles and flies its planes within the 10-mile airspace claimed by Greece.”

Similar incidents happen with frequency and have increased rapidly since 2013. In the first month of 2014 alone, Turkish aircraft allegedly violated Greek airspace 1,017 times, Gurcan reports. This was twice the number of total airspace violations between the two countries for the first half of 2013.

The two countries are NATO allies but there is ongoing hostility between them after Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974, claiming oppression of Turkish populations on the island. Oil and natural gas deposits around Cyprus have also become a major point of contention between the two neighbors.


11 COMMENTS

  1. Defense Minister Panos Kammenos is promising to scramble helicopters he just acquired at Jumbo toys to intercept the violators as soon as he gets enough money to buy batteries for the remote controls.

  2. Turkish government is constantly senselessly violating international law. Maritime law is in Greece’s corner at 10 nautical miles. Islamofascist Erdogan is an idiot. Even when Greece is experiencing major economic problems he is spreading ill will.

  3. whom says 10 miles? you? Turkey will be land locked is they go alone with m10 miles, if Greece pushes this Turkey is not afraid of challenging the self claim 10 miles,

  4. Chased? really after 20 times. Greece will never have 10 miles of air space, that will put much of the Turkish cost under Greece, and that insistence will be a war one day, stop chasing the armed Turkish jets and looking for trouble, it may come, enjoy your 6 miles, and concentrate on your economy as Germans just made and declared Greece a slave country

  5. The highly motivated, superbly trained, and equipped Greek military which regularly engages with and chases off Turkish fighter jets, & warships, (Turkey is NATO’s 2nd biggest military), is also perfectly capable of stopping Turkish people smugglers.

    SYRIZA-ANEL, & before them ND-PASOK are too afraid to properly deploy the Greek armed forces for fear of upsetting the EU, USA, & the Turkish government, & military. They also don’t really care because they are granting citizenship to these illegals, literally colonising Greece with 3rd world muslims. https://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/06/11/draft-bill-on-acquisition-of-greek-nationality-by-second-generation-migrants-passed-in-principle/

    ND-PASOK, & SYRIZA-ANEL say it is imperative that Greece remain in the €urozone and the EU, but the EU has stabbed Greece in the back by negotiating, albeit slowly, for Turkish entry in the EU, even though the Turkish military illegaly occupies 37% of EU member Cyprus, & despite Turkish government threats to invade EU member Greece if Greek petroleum companies extract hydrocarbons from the Greek exclusive economic zone.

    Also not a peep from the EU about the obvious Turkish facilitation of illegal immigrants into Greece. So what’s the use of being in the EU? You can bet your bottom €uro that the EU wouldn’t lift a finger to help Greece if the Turkish military attacked Greece, & neither would the US government, in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if U.S. military intelligence fed Turkey information from satellite imagery, etc, about Greek military deployments, etc.

    Greece is on its own, for now. It can accept the status quo and continue being overrun by >1000 illegal immigrants per day, or it can elect a Golden Dawn government because only Golden Dawn is willing to stand up to this Turkish nonsense.

    GD has stated that they would lay minefields along the Greek-Turkish border in Thrace with large, “Danger do not enter signs” to discourage illegal immigration, the Greek navy would be tasked with turning back smuggler boats, naval commandos would be deployed to arrest people smugglers at sea, with the smugglers receiving mandatory 40 year jail terms. Greek troops would assist understaffed police with arresting and deporting all illegal immigrants residing in Greece, and SYRIZA’s recently passed illegal legislation that grants Greek citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants would be abolished. I hope the Greek electorate realises that unless they grant the Greek Nationalists of GD the power to govern, Greece will cease to exist in a decade from now, it’ll be an EU debt colony populated largely by Africans, Arabs, Pakistanis, Afghans, Bangladeshis, Albanians, etc, with a Kosovo scenario unfolding in Thrace as the Turkish government agitates the large muslim community there.
    There will either be a Golden Dawn of Hellenism or Greece will disappear in eternal darkness.

  6. I’m a former fighter pilot, and an aggressor pilot and was a member of the former 527th Aggressor Squadron, based in the U.K. back in my younger days. As usual, you clowns with golden dumb, have no idea what you are talking about.

    No Greek fighter chased anyone. I have escorted Soviet aircraft out of allied ADIZ zones, and I have been escorted by Soviet aircraft, out of Soviet ADIZ zones. When being escorted you don’t get aggressive, or cute, or someone dies.

    The Greek fighters escorted the Turkish fighters. They did not chase them off. There is a proper international protocol for such a situation. Every country’s military knows it.

  7. Greek and Turkish fighter jets frequently engage in mock dog-fights. Aircraft and lives have been lost as a result.

    On 18 June 1992, a Greek Mirage F1CG crashed near the island of Saint Eustratius in the Northern Aegean, during a low-altitude dogfight with two Turkish F-16’s. Greek pilot Nikolaos Sialmas was killed in the crash.

    On 8 October 1996, a pair of Greek Mirage 2000’s intercepted a pair of Turkish F-16’s over the Aegean. One of the Turkish F-16’s was shot down by a Greek Mirage 2000 piloted by Thanos Grivas. Turkish pilot Nail Erdoğan was killed whereas back seater pilot Osman Cicekli bailed out and was rescued by a Greek helicopter.

    On 23 May 2006, a Greek F-16 and a Turkish F-16 collided approximately 35 nautical miles south off the island of Rhodes, near the island of Karpathos during a Turkish reconnaissance flight. Greek pilot Kostas Iliakis was killed, and the Turkish pilot Halil İbrahim Özdemir bailed out and was rescued by a cargo ship.

    All Golden Dawn MPs have served in the Greek military, Golden Dawn’s leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos, and GD MP Ilias Kasidiaris are both former commandos.

    GD MEP Eleftherios Synadinos is a former Lieutenant-general, and former Director of the Special Forces of the Greek Army. He was admitted in the Hellenic Military Academy in 1975 and graduated in 1979 as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. From then on he graduated from the Special Forces School of Officers and the National Defense College.
    GD MEP Georgios Epitideios is a former Lieutenant general, former Director of the Department of Crisis Management of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS). He graduated from the Hellenic Military Academy, the Higher War College and the National Defense School, and also studied at the Advanced Officers Artillery School in the United States and Greece.

  8. Turks originate in Central Asia near present day Mongolia. The first definite reference to the “Turks” come mainly from Chinese sources in the sixth century. In these sources, “Turk” appears as “Tujue” which referred to the Göktürks. 

    Pontus and Asia Minor comprise most of the territory of modern day Turkey.
    The indigenous peoples of Asia Minor and the Pontus were Greek, and had lived there for several millennia until they were genocided by Islamic Turkish invaders who arrived in the region and entered Asia Minor after winning the Battle of Manzikert in 1071AD. The Turks completed exterminating the indigenous Greeks of Asia Minor, Pontus and Constantinople in 1915, 1922, and 1955. In 1974 the Turks invaded Cyprus, which is an island with 4000 years of Hellenic history, and presently illegally occupy 37% of this Hellenic island.

    One day, in the not too distant future, the Asiatic Islamic Turks will be sent back to Central Asia near present day Mongolia where they originate from.

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