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05 March, 1999
The Greek government announced yesterday that several Turkish warplanes, more than likely equipped for aerial reconnaissance, had infringed on Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) regulations.
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said the infringements took place on Wednesday, while Athens would react through diplomatic channels.
He declined, however, to specify when the government would respond, saying "substantiation requires a certain amount of time."
Defense ministry sources attached no particular significance to Wednesday's FIR infringements by a small number of Turkish warplanes.
The same sources clarified that no violations of Greek airspace were reported.
However yesterday, according to sources, six Turkish F-16 warplanes again infringed on Athens FIR regulations and violated Greek national airspace over the eastern Aegean islands of Kos, Hios and Samos.
Hellenic Air Force fighters, according to the same sources intercepted the Turkish warplanes.
Source: Athens News Agency