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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Mayor of Agathonisi Evangelos Kottoros review a guard of honour during a visit on the island of Agathonisi, Greece March 25, 2019.

    Athens Hands Protest Note to Turkish Envoy Over Incident With Tsipras - Reports

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    The day before, several media outlets reported that Turkish F-16 fighter jets reportedly entered Greek airspace and forced Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' helicopter to perform "low manoeuvres."

    The Greek Foreign Ministry has handed a protest note to the Turkish ambassador, a day after the helicopter of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras confronted Turkish jets in the air.

    Following the incident, Tsipras said that "the Greek military intercepted the forces that violated the national airspace," and accused it of "harassing" his helicopter.

    READ MORE: Greek PM Tsipras Says Turkish F-16 Fighter Jets "Harassed" His Helicopter

    The Greek prime minister's comments came on Greece's Independence Day, which commemorates the war against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

    Turkey and Greece have been enduring tense relations due to territorial disputes over the Aegean islands for several decades.

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