Greek Council on Foreign Affairs and Defence met on Turkish provocations

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras to preside over body

The Greek Government Council on Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) met on Wednesday to examine Greece’s course of action in response to the escalating military provocations Turkey is displaying in the Aegean Sea. Greek PM Alexis Tsipras presided over the body, while Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias, the Chief of the National Defence General Staff were also among those present. The latest of Turkey’s aggressive stance over the Aegean Sea came on the heels of the Greek court’s rejection of an appeal for the extradition of the 8 Turkish Military officers, when a flurry of Greek airspace violations by Turkish F-16 fighters, including the infringement of the Athens FIR by a reconnaissance aircraft, took place. Apart from the violations of Greek national airspace, Turkish sea vessels continued to demonstrate their aggressive stance by approaching the Oinousses island complex to within a nautical mile. According to the Greek Pentagon, Turkish violations of Greek air and sea space peaked at 70.