Turkish Jets Violate Greek Airspace Twice on Monday



According to a statement issued by the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), two Turkish F-16 jets flew over the Greek island of Oinousses at a height of 26,000 feet on Monday, at 16:04 local time (14:04 GMT).

The newest provocative action taken by the Turkish Air Force happened while the Greek Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos, was in the eastern Aegean Sea, visiting military units on the islands of Chios, Oinousses and Panagia. He was on Oinousses at the very moment of the second violation, paying an official visit to a local military unit.

The incident took place only a few hours after another violation of Greek airspace by four different Turkish jets over the islets of Anthropofagos and Macronisi.

The Turkish jets were intercepted by Greek jets, which forced them out of Athens’ Flight Information Region as soon as the foreign aircraft were identified.

Turkish violations of Greek airspace are common, and the issue has been brought before international authorities numerous times by the Greek government.