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Greece Increased its Violations in the Aegean Sea

Greece, which committed 1616 violations and abuses of Turkish airspace and territorial waters last year; committed 1123 violations and harassment from New Year’s to September alone.

While Greece committed 1616 violations and abuses against Turkish airspace and territorial waters last year; the figure in question reached 1123 in just eight months of this year. The Greek Armed Forces, which is constantly trying to increase the tension in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, harassed the Turkish jets on duty flights since 15 August by locking the radar for 3,372 seconds in 14 separate incidents.

Lastly, on September 1, Greece harassed the maritime patrol plane that was performing the “NATO Sea Guard Operation” mission in the south of Rhodes. The sources of the Turkish Ministry of National Defense emphasized that the aircraft in question was performing a NATO mission and was unarmed, and stated that it had been responded in kind, within the framework of reciprocity principles.

Greece Continues to Raise Tensions in the Aegean Sea

Despite Turkiye’s calls for the solution of problems in the spirit of good neighborly relations and alliance in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, Greece continues its provocations to escalate tensions, aggressive actions and rhetoric, and its unlawful attitude.

According to the information received from the sources of the Turkish Ministry of National Defense, Greece carried out a total of 1616 violations and harassment in the Turkish airspace and at sea with military marine and aircraft last year. This figure increased to 1123 in 8 months of 2022 compared to the same period of the previous year.

Particularly within the scope of its increasing violations and harassments in recent months, Greece harassed the F-16s on duty flights to the south of Rhodes, west of Lesbos Island, west and south of Ahikeria Island and south of Chios with a radar lock for a total of 1330 seconds on 15 August.

On 18 August, Greece continued its activities contrary to good neighborly relations and applied a 180 second radar lock to two F-16 aircraft in the southwest of Chios.

Harassment of Unarmed Aircraft

On August 23, Greece harassed Turkish jets on a mission flight by applying radar locks for a total of 1020 seconds in four different incidents. Greece applied a radar lock on an F-16 aircraft belonging to the Air Force Command for 303 seconds on the southwest of Lesbos on August 24 and for 350 seconds on the southwest of Gökçeada on August 29.

Greece lastly harassed Turkish planes on a mission flight on 1 September.

Greece, which applied a radar lock for 136 seconds to an unarmed maritime patrol aircraft performing the “NATO Sea Guard Operation” mission in the south of Rhodes, exposed the same aircraft to radar lock for 53 seconds in the southwest of Kos Island.

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