Greek defense sources deny aircraft harassed Turkish vessel ‘Cesme’

Claims by Turkish media that fighter jets of the Greek Air Force harassed Turkey’s vessel ‘Cesme’ “bear no relation to reality”, said sources at the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS) on Tuesday.

They also underlined that a drill was carried out by the Greek Air Force in the central Aegean on Tuesday, after a Notam was first issued on February 9, or 5 days before the day Turkey issued an irregular Navtex.

Some 29 aircraft participated in this air drill, which took off at 13:30 and completed their activity at 14:40. No chaff cartridges or flares were used by the aircraft, it was noted.

The aircraft flew between Agios Efstratios and Kyra-Panagia islands, and also south up to Psara island, while Cesme was sailing in the north side of its area, west of Limnos island, during that time, sources added.

The nearest trace of a Greek aircraft to Cesme was 10 nautical miles at an altitude of 19,000 feet, concluded the HNDGS sources.