Turkey to submit radar logs to NATO showing Greek harassment
Turkey is planning to provide NATO and its allies with radar logs showing Greece’s Russian-made S-300 missile system locking onto Turkish jets flying over eastern Mediterranean last week, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday.
Turkey accused Greece of locking onto Turkish F-16 jets with Russian air defense system on Aug. 23, Anadolu reported on Friday, citing Turkish Defense Ministry sources.
S-300s stationed on the island of Crete, harassed Turkish jets that were engaged in missions in international airspace over the eastern Mediterranean, Anadolu said. Greece has denied the allegations.
Turkish Defense Ministry will send the radar records to the NATO Secretariat-General and the defense ministries of alliance members, the news agency said.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece have soured this year over a range of issues, including territorial claims. While the two neighboring NATO allies blame each other of violating their airspace, Turkey also accuses Greece for militarizing its islands in violation of international treaties.
On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Greece of hostility.
"Greece has challenged NATO and its allies by increasing its hostile attitude, which started with harassing our airspace and aircraft and escalated to the level of S-300 radar lockdown," Erdogan said.