Turkish fighter jets flew into Greek territory near Alexandroupoli

An unprecedented violation of Greek national sovereignty occurred on Friday as Turkish fighter jets flew within 2.5 nautical miles of the port city of Alexandroupolis in northeastern Greece.

The Greek Foreign Ministry immediately issued a scathing statement condemning the “clear escalation of Turkish provocations.”

Greek Foreign Ministry statement

“We condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented violation of national sovereignty by two Turkish fighter jets that illegally entered our national airspace and approached the city of Alexandroupoli within 2.5 nautical miles.

The action is a very clear escalation of the Turkish provocation. This is part of Turkey’s efforts to promote neo-Ottoman revisionism that violates all basic norms of international law. She is undermines NATO cohesion and immediate priorities, and poses a clear threat to the European Union at a critical juncture, as the port of Alexandroupolis is a key transportation hub for strengthening our allies.”

On the orders of Minister Nikos Dendias, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Themistoklis Demiris expressed an immediate and strong protest to the Turkish Ambassador in Athens“, – the statement says.

In conclusion, it is noted that “instructions were given to inform our allies and partners, and EUNATO and the UN.

In conversation with CNNGreece MP from the ruling New Democracy party, Giorgos Komoutsakos, a former diplomat, said: “We are talking about Turkish hostility, not just provocation.”

In recent weeks, Turkey has increased Greek airspace violationsand this after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and agreed to ease tensions between the two countries over the war in Ukraine.

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