The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has described this Tuesday as a “hostile act” the alleged harassment of Turkish aircraft by Greek planes in the airspace over the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.
“Greece defies NATO and its allies by increasing its hostile attitude,” Erdogan said during an event in Ankara on the occasion of the centenary of Turkey’s independence, according to the Turkish Anadolu agency.
The Turkish president has assured that the meeting between Turkish and Greek aircraft began with the violation of Turkish airspace by Greece.
According to Erdogan, “Greece cannot measure up to us or be our interlocutor politically, economically or militarily.” He also added that he was curious “about the United States’ response to the harassment of the Greek air defense system against Turkish planes,” according to the aforementioned agency.
Still, Turkey’s president has dismissed Greece’s efforts to establish military bases on the Aegean islands, saying they are of no importance to his country.
Source: Europa Press