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June 18, 2019

Greek Airspace Violations by Turkish Jets Escalate

SF-16C Fighting Falcon. Source: Wikipedia

In a major escalation of provocations, Turkish jets violated Greek national airspace a total of 99 separate times on Tuesday, according to the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA).

Forty-six of those violations were conducted by fighter jets and the other 53 by CN-235 surveillance aircraft.

With regard to the violations by the fighter jets, GEETHA said that a pair of Turkish F-16s  flew over Kinaros in the eastern Aegean Sea at an elevation of 27,000 feet on early Tuesday morning.

Later in the day, another two F-16s flew over the eastern Aegean islets of Farmakonisi, Arkoi and Lipsoi.

All of the Turkish violations took place at high altitudes – between 22,000 and 27,000 feet – but they were over inhabited areas, which authorities say has become increasingly more common.

The new Turkish provocations come as news surfaced this week that Greece is among the potential buyers for new F-35 fighter jets from the United States.

The information was made public in a Reuters report which came out on Tuesday.

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