Turkey is interested in a peaceful settlement of problems between the Greek and Turkish sides in the Mediterranean, so it invited representatives of the Greek side to meet in Ankara to resolve issues, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.
“Despite all the provocations, we propose to hold a meeting, discuss the problems peacefully, take measures to further build confidence. We invite the Greek side to a meeting in Ankara. We want the problematic issues to be discussed and found their solution at the meetings. what we say. Despite all our peaceful approach, they continue to violate our airspace, territorial waters, “- quotes Akara as the Anadolu agency.
The Turkish phrase is especially cynical after Turkish warplanes violated Greek airspace more than thirty times over the three islands on Thursday and Friday. This was announced by the General Staff of the National Defense of Greece.
“A group of four Turkish F-16 fighters flew over the Isle of Inuse at an altitude of 24,000 feet (7,315 meters) on Friday. Later, a pair of Turkish F-16s flew over Isle of Ro at an altitude of 27,000 feet (8,229 meters). the same two planes flew over the islands of Panaya and Inuse at an altitude of 29,000 feet (8,839 meters), “- said in a statement, quoted by the Greek public TV channel ERT1…
As the newspaper Proto Thema notes, on Thursday, when the Epiphany of the Lord was celebrated in Greece, Turkey “continued its provocative actions, despite the existing confidence-building measures between the two countries, which provide for the prevention of hostilities on major national and religious holidays.” The day before, Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis took part in the ceremony of consecration of water on the island of Agios Efstratios, traditional for the celebration of Epiphany in Greece, and then visited the air base on the island of Lemnos. During this time, Turkey committed 37 violations of the Greek airspace, 35 of which were carried out by CN-235 electronic warfare aircraft and two more by F-16 fighters, “the newspaper writes.
According to the General Staff, violations took place in Greek airspace over the northeastern, central and southeastern parts of the Aegean Sea. In all cases, Greek military aircraft rose to intercept Turkish aircraft, which, in accordance with international practice, forced the violators to leave Greek airspace, the General Staff stressed.
PS There is a feeling that Turkey does not understand the situation and still hopes that it is stronger and can mock Greece, calling it to negotiations and at the same time showing all their senselessness.