The Turks forced six F-16s of the Greek Air Force to turn back from the coast of Cyprus
After President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey is no longer a country that is ready to make concessions, so intends to take what it relies on in the Mediterranean, Aegean, and the Black Sea, the Air Force of the Republic intercepted six Greek F-16 fighters in the Mediterranean Sea. This is said in a statement circulated on Friday, August 28, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense.
вЂњOn August 27, 2020, six Greek-owned F-16 aircraft took off from the island of Crete in the direction of the Republic of Cyprus and approached the region in respect of which [Turkey] issued an international notice NAVTEX. Our F-16 fighters prevented them from approaching this region and forced them to leave the region,вЂќ the communique notes.
The defense ministry added that the Armed Forces of Turkey вЂњwill continue to defend the rights and interests of the country in the Eastern MediterraneanвЂќ.
Ankara is currently conducting geological exploration in the Mediterranean Sea, which has caused serious concern from Athens. In this regard, earlier Friday, an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers was held in Berlin, during which it was agreed that the European Union will accelerate the development of sanctions against Turkey for illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as prepare additional measures against Ankara by September 24 in case there is no progress on the Turkish side.
We would like to remind you that Turkey is also actively exploring the Black Sea, where it discovered a large gas field.