On Greece’s harassment of Turkish planes, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara’s talks with NATO were ongoing, adding, “Our sensitivity continues. Greece is aware of this,” News reports. .Az citing Anadolu Agency.
“On the issue of radar lock, our sensitivity persists with determination. Greece is aware of this and has therefore chosen to clean up its act,” Erdogan said in the capital Ankara before embarking on a tour of three Balkan countries, the Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, respectively.
Erdogan reiterated the warning to Athens saying, “All of a sudden we can come overnight.”
Turkish jets engaged in NATO missions over the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean on August 23 were harassed by a Russian-made S-300 air defense system stationed on the Greek island of Crete.
The president said Turkish officials continue to raise this issue with NATO.
According to Turkish National Defense Ministry sources, Greece has violated Turkish airspace and territorial waters more than 1,100 times in the first eight months of this year alone.
Türkiye, a NATO member for more than 70 years, has complained about Greece’s repeated provocative actions and rhetoric in the region in recent months, including the arming of islands near Turkey’s coast that are demilitarized under the treaty, claiming that such actions frustrate his good faith efforts for peace.