Greek, Turkish leaders meet:
Greece’s prime minister told his Turkish counterpart Monday that airspace violations over the Aegean Sea must stop as they increase the risk of a military accident in the sea between the two NATO allies.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim, who was on a one-day visit to Greece, agreed to maintain open channels of communication between them in an effort to reduce potential military tensions arising from airspace violations.
Greece and Turkey stand far apart on many fronts, including Aegean Sea boundaries, undersea exploration rights and the war-divided island of Cyprus. Athens says Turkish fighter jets frequently violate the airspace under its civil aviation control, and often violate its national airspace.
“I stressed to Mr Yildirim that this situation isn’t helping at all, and that these infringements cannot continue,” Tsipras said during joint statements to the media after the two men met for talks. “(They) increase the risk of an accident.”