ULKE in Turkey tweeted one of the four fighter planes from Greece approaching the TCG Cesme reportedly “harassed” by dropping a a “chaff cartridge” two nautical miles away.
“Four F-16s belonging to the Greek Air Force harassed the ship “TCG Çeşme”, which conducts scientific and technical research in the international waters of the North Aegean.
“One of the 4 Greek fighter planes approaching the research ship harassed by dropping a “chaff cartridge” 2 nautical miles away.”
ULKE TV added in another tweet: “Ministry of National Defense sources stated that the necessary response was given to the harassment of Greek warplanes from 1000 meters altitude.”
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters in parliament Turkey responded with the “necessary retaliation…in line with the rules”.
He said: “The necessary response was given within the framework of the rules. “
“Our attitude, our decision, the work we will do on this issue are clear. Nobody should have doubts about this.”
A Greek defence ministry official denied the accusations, saying “Greek jets never harassed the Turkish vessel.”
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