Two violations over Greek air space by two pairs of Turkish jets were noted on Monday. Lately, violations have escalated along with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s fiery rhetoric encouraging Turkish youth to question the peace Treaty of Lausanne that effectively defines Greek-Turkish borders. The military aircraft entered Greek air space without permission on Monday, according to military officials in Athens.
Specifically, on Monday:
- A couple of Turkish F-16 planes violated Greek air space at 15:07 on Monday north of the Αegean island of Chios without giving indication of its flight plans. A minute later, it flew over the rocky islet of Panagia at the island complex of Oinousses at 8,000 feet over land. At 15:09 it left Greek air space.
- At 15:08, a pair of Turkish jets entered Athens FIR (Flight Information Region), north of Lemnos without stating their flight plan in yet another flagrant violation of Greek air space. A moment later, the pair flew over Zourafa, an uninhabited area located east of Samothrace at 1,500 feet. It should be noted that Zourafa is a protected region, according to the Natura 2011 program. The two jets exited from Greek air space at 15:14.
Greek jets were alerted to the violations and dog fights over the Aegean ensued.