Kam­menos lashes out over Turk­ish Aegean vi­o­la­tions

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De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos yes­ter­day sounded a note of de­fi­ance dur­ing vis­its to two Hel­lenic Air Force bases, on Sky­ros and in Thes­sa­loniki, fol­low­ing a spike in Turk­ish vi­o­la­tions of Greek air space over the Aegean.

“Re­cently Turk­ish provo­ca­tion has in­creased,” Kam­menos said from Sky­ros. “Ev­ery day, six to eight planes of the Turk­ish Air Force pro­voke us, vi­o­lat­ing na­tional air space, con­duct­ing over­flights,” he said. “Our re­sponse is im­me­di­ate. No air­craft will en­ter Greek na­tional air space and not be in­ter­cepted.”

Yes­ter­day seven Turk­ish F-16s and three CN-235s car­ried out a total of 51 vi­o­la­tions of Greek air space in the north­east­ern, cen­tral and south­east­ern Aegean. Two of the Turk­ish air­craft were armed, ac­cord­ing to Greek de­fense sources.

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