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Turkish jets violate Greek air space

TAGS: Defense, Turkey

A pair of armed Turkish F-4s entered the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) at 11.39 a.m. on Wednesday and flew over the Anthropofagoi and Makronisi islets in the eastern Aegean, at an altitude of 10,000 feet, Kathimerini reports.

The Turkish jets were reportedly chased off by Greek planes before exiting the Athens FIR at 11.50 a.m.

On Monday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim that airspace violations over the Aegean must stop as they increase the risk of a military accident in the sea between the two uneasy neighbors and NATO allies.

Tsipras said he and Yildirim, who was on a one-day visit to Greece, agreed to maintain open channels of communication between them in an effort to reduce potential military tensions arising from airspace violations.

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