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When Turkey fumes about the US, it massively violates Greek Air Space

The more the tension rises between Turkey and the USA, the more Turkish fighter jets violate Greek airspace in an effort to show off. More than 84 violations of the Athens FIR and overflights without permission have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

Turkish pilots flew over the islands of Kinaro, Farmakonisi and Arkious on Tuesday and were intercepted in one case by Greek fighter jets.

Dozens over air space violation by electronic war aircraft were recorded on Monday.

Turkey is furious at US mainly over the American objections to the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missile system. At the same time, Ankara is angry at Washington for siding with Cyprus thus warning it to not proceed with drilling in the area.

Pushing the tension to the edges, Turkey insists on the S-400 purchase with the effect of sanctions imposed by the American side.

On Monday, Washington canceled the training of Turkish pilots on F-35 stealth fighter jets  at the Luke Air Force Base in the US state of Arizona.

The move comes faster than expected, days after acting US defence chief Patrick Shanahan told his Turkish counterpart their pilots already in the country could remain until the end of July.

Washington gave Ankara a July deadline to make its decision over buying the Russian S-400 missile system. The US says Turkey’s missile defence acquisition from Russia poses a threat to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighters, which Ankara also wants to buy.

Washington says Turkey cannot have both.

On Tuesday, Russia said it plans to deliver the system to Turkey in July.

On the same day, the U.S. House of Representatives voted a resolution condemning Ankara’s purchase of the Russian S-400 and urging potential sanctions

Turkey slammed the resolution saying it was unacceptably threatening.

The resolution “Expressing Concern for the United States-Turkey Alliance” approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday does not comply with the deep-rooted friendship and relations of the alliance between Turkey and the U.S., a Foreign Ministry statement said Tuesday.

“The decision ratifying unjust and unfounded allegations about Turkey’s foreign policy and its judicial system is never acceptable,” it added.

Last week, the US made clear doe one more time to Ankara that is considering the actions that Turkey has undertaken in terms of its announced intentions to begin drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean as provocative. Speaking to Cyprus News Agency, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Matthew Palmer, said that Washington has encouraged Turkey to stop those actions.

The “bombardment” of Ankara did not stop there. Again yesterday, Monday, it was Cyprus that poured a little oil in Turkey’s blaze and issued arrest warrants against 25 people including crew assisting the Turkish drilling vessel Fatih and officials at firms partnered with the state-run Turkish Petroleum Corporation.

Officials at one Croatian and two U.S. companies partnered with Turkish Petroleum were among those receiving warrants.

Ankara has been in a bitter dispute with Athens and Nicosia over the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and natural gas drilling rights in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Cypriot authorities urged Turkey to halt operations in the island’s EEZ and threatened arrest warrants. But Turkish authorities repeatedly said they would continue carrying out exploration and drilling activities in accordance with the rights bestowed by international law.

According to media reports, US and Norwegian staff are to abandon the drilling operation fearing of implementation of arrest warrants.

In Athens, diplomats and military officials closely monitor the Turkish moves, hoping that the barrage of jets violations would not end up in an ugly incident.

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