Turkey says Greece ‘challenged NATO’

Erdogan demandes a US response to the S-300 incident

Greece has committed the following: “hostile act”Turkish President Recep Takyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey was challenging NATO’s alliance by holding onto Turkish aircraft with Russian-made anti-missile missiles. He also claimed that Turkey wanted to see the US respond. Turkish media reported that Ankara’s F-16 fighters were “radar locked” by Greece’s S-300 systems, a claim that Athens has denied as fake news.

“Greece has challenged NATO and allies by increasing its hostile attitude, which started with harassing our airspace and aircraft, to the level of S-300 radar lock-on,”According to Turkish Directorate of Communications, Erdogan spoke at Ankara’s Turkish Military Academy.

Erdogan stated that Turkey was a “very important country.” “curious”More information about the US response “harassment”From Greece which he called “The Greeks”. “not our political, economic or military equivalent.”

He made these comments on Victory Day which is a national holiday that celebrates the victory of Turkey over Greek armies. The war led to the establishment of the Turkish republic – and a mass exodus of Greeks from Asia Minor and ethnic Turks from present-day Greece. Even after NATO was established in 1952, the animosity between Athens and Ankara continued.

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Turkish Air Force F-16 during Exercise Anatolian Eagle at Albacete Air Base, Spain.
Greece targets Turkish jets – media

According to CNN Turk reporting on Sunday – citing unnamed sources in the Turkish defense ministry – two Turkish F-16s were operating in international airspace over the Aegean Sea on August 23 when they were locked on by Greek air defenses on the island of Crete. It is believed that the incident took place at a height of approximately 3,000m, west of Rhodes.

Sources from the Greek military told media outlets in Athens that S-300 systems had not been activated that day. This denied the Turkish claim.

The Russian-made S-300 air-defense system, which is used by both Turkey and Greece, has been in operation since 2010. Ankara’s purchase of the systems in 2020 triggered US and NATO sanctions against Turkey and its suspension from the F-35 program. 



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