Greek PM says Turkish jets forced his helicopter to reduce altitude
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  • 18:50 25 March 2019

Greek PM says Turkish jets forced his helicopter to reduce altitude

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Turkish jets buzzed his helicopter as he was flying on Monday to a Greek island but Turkey said there was no attempt to intercept his flight., ONA reports citing Reuters.

"They forced the helicopter I was on to maneuver low until Greek jets intercepted the forces violating our national air space. The message I want to send them is that such foolish actions have no meaning, they spend their gasoline for nothing. We will always be there to defend our national integrity", Tsipras said in a speech on the island of Agathonisi. 

A Greek military official told Reuters that Greek F-16 fighter jets intercepted the Turkish jets about four miles away from Tsipras’s helicopter.

A Turkish security source said the Turkish jets were conducting routine missions. “There has been no interception attempt by Turkish fighter jets during the Greek prime minister’s activity today,” the source said.

Ilkin Jalilov

Tags: Alexis Tsipras Greece Turkey

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