Ankara denied wrongdoing after Athens claimed a authorities plane was prevented from passing via Turkish airspace. The incident comes amid rising tensions between the 2 nations over maritime rights within the Mediterranean.

Greece mentioned on Thursday {that a} aircraft carrying its international minister again residence from Iraq was compelled to circle for 20 minutes earlier than it obtained permission to cross into Turkish skies. Ankara insists the plane had not correctly registered a flight plan and was allowed to proceed as soon as it had knowledgeable Turkish authorities the place it was going. Turkish international ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy mentioned {that a} aircraft initially supposed to move the Greek international minister had malfunctioned in Iraq, and that Turkish authorities rapidly granted permission to a back-up plane to make the journey as an alternative, as soon as it was made conscious of the state of affairs.

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Turkish survey ship resumes operations in Eastern Mediterranean as maritime dispute with Greece heats up

Nevertheless, Athens alleges that there have been sinister motives behind the delay. A spokesman for the Greek authorities described the episode as “another provocation in Turkey’s collection of provocations,” and mentioned the international ministry had relayed its displeasure over the incident to Ankara.

The finger-pointing follows weeks of mounting hostility between the 2 longtime rivals, who’re sparring over contested waters within the Jap Mediterranean believed to be wealthy in oil and gasoline.  

Tensions had been briefly defused after Turkey introduced it could return a survey vessel exploring the disputed space to port. Nevertheless, the ship resumed operations earlier this week, prompting condemnation from Athens, in addition to Washington and Berlin.

Individually on Thursday, France and Germany known as on Turkey to state its intentions within the disputed waters, accusing Ankara of upsetting the European Union with its actions.

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