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29 May, 2002
Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou on Tuesday noted the rising number of airspace violations above the Aegean by Turkish fighter planes, saying that it was ''a phenomenon that was multiplying'', but stressed that the Greek air force was ready to deal with the increased Turkish provocativeness.
Papantoniou made the statements while on a two-day tour of Crete, where he visited a squadron command on the island.
During the visit, the minister was present as two Greek F-16s returned after having intercepted a Turkish plane that had entered Greek airspace.
At another point during his visit on the island, the minister also referred to the signature of the NATO-Russia accord in Rome earlier on Tuesday and its historic significance, stressing the importance of an agreement for the destruction of two thirds of the nuclear arsenal of the United States and Russia, signed between US President George Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Source: Athens News Agency