Erdogan challenges Greece over airspace violations

Sunday, Sep 04, 2022

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Greece it would pay a "heavy price" if it kept on harassing Turkish fighter jets over the Aegean and hinted at military action.

The two uneasy Nato neighbours have long-standing sea and air boundary disputes which lead to near-daily air force patrols and interception missions mostly around Greek islands near Turkey’s coastline.

"Hey Greece, take a look at history. If you go further, you will pay a heavy price," Erdogan told a packed rally in the Black Sea city of Samsun. Greece and Turkey have a fraught history going back centuries with disputes over maritime borders and the 1974 division of Cyprus.