As the reason, Anadolu sources cited the changes that Greece made to the regulations for conducting maneuvers without agreement with Turkey. Prior to this, Ankara and Athens accused each other of intrusions into the airspace alt=”Anadolu has learned of Turkey's refusal of NATO air exercises in Greece” />
The Turkish Air Force will not participate in NATO's Tiger Meet exercises, which are due to take place in Greece in May, Anadolu reports, citing sources in the security services . According to them, Ankara notified Athens of its decision on April 22.
Reason— changes in the regulations of the exercises directed against the Turkish side, and the refusal to cancel them at the request of Ankara, the agency writes. Anadolu does not specify what specific changes are in question.
Tiger Meet— annual NATO exercises. Every year they are held in different countries of the alliance. This year, the exercises will be held from May 9 to 22 at the Greek Araxos air base.
On April 27, the Greek portal Newsbomb reported that Greece withdrew its invitation to Turkey to participate in the Tiger Meet, citing Turkish fighter incursions in its air space.
The next day, Turkey claimed that Greek planes had entered Turkish airspace “thirty times in three days”.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Turkey of flying over the Greek islands without permission and said that reported on the violations of the Turkish side to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Mitsotakis said about “undermining European security and the unity of purpose of NATO” Ankara. The Turkish ambassador in Athens was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where he was protested.
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The Turkish Foreign Ministry called on Greece to “stop provocative actions and rhetoric.” “Greece” the side that started and intensified the tension, unfounded accusations against us do not contribute to <…> good neighborly relations between countries»,— stated in the department.
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