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Ankara denies harassing helicopter with Greek defense chief

Turkey on May 4 denied allegations that Turkish forces had harassed a helicopter carrying Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos over the Aegean Sea.

"Any harassment of the helicopter carrying Greece's national defense minister on board is out of the question," said Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy in a statement.

Turkey rescues asylum seekers pushed away by Greece

A Turkish coast guard team has rescued a boat carrying 62 asylum seekers in the Aegean Sea, which was turned away from the Greek side, officials said on May 1. 

The Greek coast guard confiscated the fuel and broke the engine before pushing it to Turkish waters, officials from Interior Ministry told Anadolu

Two migrants hurt as shots fired into island camp

Two asylum-seekers have been hospitalized with light injuries after gunshots were fired into Greece's largest migrant camp on the eastern Aegean Sea island of Lesvos, police said Wednesday.

The unknown assailant or assailants evaded arrest, while the two injured migrants were taken to the island's hospital as a precaution, police said. No further detail was provided.

Ankara blasts Greece over maritime jurisdiction remarks

Turkey late on April 21 slammed a statement by the Greek Foreign Ministry concerning the country's maritime jurisdiction areas and drilling activities.
"Greece, with today's statement, once again exhibits its unrealistic perceptions and rights-refusing attitudes regarding the problems in our region," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

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