Turkey complains to NATO over Greek harassment of its jets

Turkey is submitting to NATO the radar logs showing how a Greek S-300 air defence system harassed Turkish F-16 jets during mission in international airspace, sources told the state-run Anadolu news agency on Wednesday.

On Aug. 23, Turkish jets were harassed by the Russian-made S-300 air defence system stationed on the island of Crete during missions over the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean seas, Anadolu reported.

Greek military officials rejected the allegations.

Turkey’s Defence Ministry is preparing to send the radar records of the incident to the NATO Secretariat-General and the defence ministries of alliance members, Anadolu reported.

Turkey has blamed Greece for hostile actions and rhetoric in the region in recent months, insisting that such moves frustrate its good faith-efforts for peace, Anadolu said.

In 2022, Greek warplanes violated Turkish airspace 256 times and harassed Turkish jets 158 times, the news agency said.

Greece has brought a complaint to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after the NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM), headquartered in Turkey's Izmir, tweeted a message that commemorated the Turkish victory over Greece in the Greco-Turkish War in 1922, the Kathimerini newspaper reported on Wednesday.

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