Greek defence ministry rejects Turkish accusations over US B-52 bomber escort incident

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The Greek Defence Ministry has rejected Turkish accusations that two Greek jets had illegally engaged Turkish jets escorting U.S. B-52 bombers.

According to the Ministry five Turkish jets appeared unannounced and began escorting a flight of U.S. B-52 bombers — which hadn't been authorised to have a fighter escort — through an area subject to Greek flight control.

The Ministry said four Greek fighters were scrambled and chased off the armed Turkish jets, adding that Athens informed NATO and U.S. authorities of the incident.

The NATO exercise involved only a sole USA B52 flying near the Greek island of Kastellorizo.

Meanwhile, Greece also accused Turkey of 78 violations of Greek airspace Tuesday involving 23 planes, 15 of which were armed.