An unprecedented violation of Greece’s national sovereignty was committed by Turkey on Wednesday as fighter jets proceeded to violate the Greek Flight Information Region as they reached Alexandroupolis at a distance of only 2.5 nautical miles.
Because of the extreme Turkish provocations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a harsh statement which speaks of “an unprecedented violation of national sovereignty by Turkish fighters near Alexandroupolis.
At the same time, the Foreign Ministry notes that “this action is a very clear escalation of Turkey’s provocation”.
It is also known in the announcement that by order of the Minister Nikos Dendias, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Themistoklis Demiris, made a direct and intense protest to the Turkish ambassador here.
Instructions were also given to inform our allies and partners, as well as the EU, NATO and the UN.
The announcement in detail:
“We condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented violation of Greece’s national sovereignty by two Turkish fighter aircraft, which illegally entered our national airspace and approached Alexandroupolis within a distance of just 2.5 nautical miles.
“This action constitutes a clear escalation of Turkish provocative conduct.
“It is part of Turkey’s effort to promote its neo-Ottoman revisionism, violating all the fundamental rules of International Law.
“This action undermines NATO’s cohesion and urgent priorities and poses a clear threat to the European Union at a critical juncture, as the port of Alexandroupolis is a key hub for the transport of troops and equipment to reinforce our allies.
“Upon instructions from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, the Ministry’s Secretary General, Themistoklis Demiris, made an immediate and strong-worded protest demarche to the Turkish Ambassador in Athens.
“In addition, instructions were given to inform in this regard our allies and partners, as well as the EU, NATO, and the UN.”