Greek fighter jets intercept Turkish jets in international air space

08:42, April 22, 2010      

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Greek fighter jets intercepted Turkish jets training in international air space over the Aegean Sea three times Tuesday, said the Turkish General Staff on its website on Wednesday.

The Turkish General Staff said that Greek F-16 and M-2000 jets from the Greek centers of Tanagra and Limnos twice intercepted Turkish F-16 jets in the northwest and southwest of the Lesbos island.

The Turkish General Staff also said that Greek M-2000 jets from the Greek center of Tanagra intercepted Turkish F-16 jets once in the northwest of Kios island.

On April 8, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and visiting Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas told a joint press conference in the Turkish capital of Ankara that Turkey and Greece agreed on a series of moves to build confidence and boost military cooperation.

They added that Turkish and Greek armies will conduct joint training, while the two countries' war academies will hold mutual visits and joint seminars.

Both NATO allies, Turkey and Greece have had disputes over airspace rights, boundaries on the Aegean Sea and the Cyprus issue, but bilateral ties have improved significantly in recent years.

Source: Xinhua


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