Athens, Greece – Greek fighter jets “harassed” Turkey’s research vessel Cesme while it was sailing in international waters in the Northern Aegean, Turkish National Defense Ministry said.
One of four Greek fighter jets dropped chaff cartridge two nautical miles away, Turkish National Defense Ministry said, adding that Turkey “reciprocated the harassment.”
Responding to the reports, Greece dismissed the claims, arguing that the Hellenic Air Force is not currently active in the area where Cesme is operating and that training activity is several miles southwest of the area.
They also added that no Greek jets flew over the research vessel, nor was there any response from Turkish fighters in the area.
Cesme was sailing in international waters in the sea area between Limnos and Agios Efstratios.
Turkish Defense Ministry said that the ship has begun conducting “hydrographic research” in the northern Aegean Sea, and will continue until March 2, 2021.