(ANSA) – ANKARA, AUG 28 – Turkey has accused Greece of “hostile action” (according to NATO’s rules of engagement), stating that on Tuesday its F-16s, on a mission in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean , were targeted by the Greek air defense system, deployed in Crete, while they were conducting a reconnaissance 10,000 feet west of the island of Rhodes. The Turkish jet planes, however, “completed their planned missions and returned safely to their base”, said sources from the Turkish Defense Ministry.
The two neighboring countries, both members of NATO, have long disputed over their maritime and air borders. Athens accuses Ankara of flying over the Greek islands. Turkey, for its part, claims that Greece is stationing troops on the Aegean islands in violation of the peace treaties signed after the two world wars. (HANDLE).