As Turkey on Wednesday conducted yet more violations of Greek airspace with a pair of F-16s entering the Athens Flight Information Region over the eastern Aegean islet of Farmakonisi, its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu further raised tensions, insisting that his country's "open border" policy for anyone wishing to cross into Europe will continue.
A pair of Turkish fighter jets entered Athens' Flight Information Region (FIR) without submitting a flight plan on Wednesday and flew over the islet of Farmakonisi in the eastern Aegean.
The airspace violation was recorded at 1.58 p.m. at 25,000 feet.
They were chased off by Greek air force pilots in line with international rules of engagement.
Ankara on Monday attempted to present its stance in the Aegean as part of "routine" operations after Sunday's harassment by Turkish jets of the helicopter that was transporting Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) Konstantinos Floros to military posts on Oinousses and Panagia, Agathonisi and Farmakonisi.
A moderate earthquake measuring 4.5-magnitude on the Richter scale struck off the southeastern coast of the island of Rhodes on Friday afternoon.
The epicenter of the 4.15 p.m. tremor was located 31 kilometers southeast of the area of Kattavia, and at a depth of 28.4 kilometers, the Athens-based Geodynamic Institute said.
A pair of Turkish fighter jets infringed on Athens' Flight Information Region (FIR) and flew over several Greek islands on the eastern Aegean on Wednesday.
The F-16s flew over the eastern coast of Samos at 12.52 p.m. and 12.53 p.m., the islets of Arki and Grylousa at 12.56 p.m., Lipsi at 12.57 p.m. and Farmakonissi at 12.59 p.m. at 27,000 feet.
Mayors of small Greek islands are demanding a ban on all arrivals, especially over Easter, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as they are not equipped with the necessary medical infrastructure to cope.
These islands include Patmos, Milos, Tilos, Ithaki, Kasos, Alonnisos, Leipsoi, Oinousses, Agathonissi, Psara, Paxos and Rhodes.