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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warns Greece over 'harassment' of Turkish jets

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a warning to Greece over what the Turkish government calls the recent “harassment” of Turkish fighter jets in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean.

Erdoğan said on Saturday at the Aerospace and Technology Festival: “Greece, look at history. Please don’t,” he said. Samsung’s Black Sea Techno Fest.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, he was referring to the withdrawal of Greek troops from Izmir province in western Turkey during the 1922 War of Independence.

“Occupying the island does not bind us. We will do what is necessary when the time comes. As we say, we can come suddenly one night,” he added. .

Turkey recently accused Greece of twice harassing Turkish jets carrying out NATO missions in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

Ankara said Greek fighters locked radar on Turkish F-16s on August 22 and 24, but Athens rejected the claim.

Relations between the two NATO allies have long been at odds over a range of issues, including maritime and energy disputes in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

The two countries will resume talks in 2021 after a five-year hiatus to seek a diplomatic solution to the dispute.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also launched a military-to-military dispute settlement mechanism between Turkey and Greece, but meetings within the mechanism have stalled since the end of the fourth round.



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