Turkey has intercepted six Greek fighters over the Mediterranean (VIDEO)


Turkey has intercepted six Greek fighters over the Mediterranean.

Turkish F-16 fighters intercepted 6 Greek fighters of the same model that took off from the island of Crete over the Mediterranean Sea. Turkish planes have prevented Greeks from entering the area for which Ankara has issued the Navtex navigation notification - for conducting exercises. A video released by the Turkish Ministry of Defense shows a Turkish fighter jet chasing a Greek F-16 plane approaching the area where a Turkish drilling ship is conducting exploration activities. Greek media covered the event, noting that Turkish planes "harassed" Greeks who had returned to their base on the island of Crete.

Greece and Turkey are arguing over exploration and production rights for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, based on conflicting claims over the scope of their continental shelves. Tensions escalated this month as Ankara sent the ship Oruch Reis to the disputed area near the Greek island of Kastelorizo, a move that followed an agreement to define the sea borders between Greece and Egypt.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and told him that Turkey would continue to defend its rights and interests everywhere.

Earlier, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the bloc was preparing sanctions against Turkey in response to a dispute with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean. The sanctions could be discussed at the next Union summit on 24 September.

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