Ankara complained that the Turkish TCG Çeşme research vessel carrying out illegal hydrographic research in the Aegean Sea had been harassed by four Greek F-16 fighter jets.
After NAVTEX, the international maritime navigation telex/notification system, was provided by the coastal station of Smyrna, TCG Çeşme is attempting to carry out research in the Aegean Sea.
The notification of NAVTEX based in Smyrna is an illegal act because Turkey does not have the authority to issue NAVTEX to seafarers for hydrographic work in this region of the Aegean, as the Lemnos station is responsible for it.
Turkey complained that by dropping flares two nautical miles away, one of four Greek fighter jets “harassed” the TCG Çeşme.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement that “unfortunately, it is one of Greece’s frequent bullies.” In the sense of these laws, we have our own rules and have replied appropriately.
Athens refuted the claim that the Greek Air Force threatened the TCG Çeşme.
Greek Ministry of Defense reports have confirmed that the Air Force is not involved in the area where TCG Çeşme is situated.
The Air Force training operation, as the same sources have pointed out, is several miles southwest of the city.
They also emphasized that there were no Greek fighters flying over TCG Çeşme, nor did any Turkish fighters hit the location.