06:11 GMT25 June 2021
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    Russian fighter jet briefly entered Turkish airspace earlier this month causing uproar, but media outlets failed to report that the Turkish Air Force intentionally does what Russia did accidentally and on a far larger scale – it violates Greek airspace daily, a German website stated.

    "One could understand the emotional outburst of the Turks if it was not completely artificial. … They should not get so upset when they themselves have long violated the airspace of their neighbor," Alles Schall und Rauch noted.

    On Monday alone, Turkey violated Greek airspace four times, the media outlet reported. Greek authorities recorded a total of 1.306 airspace violations committed by 101 Turkish military aircraft from January until August 2015. But this figure pales in comparison to January 2014 when approximately a thousand violations allegedly took place.

    Greek military aircraft frequently flies over Turkey's territory as well, Alles Schall und Rauch noted, referring to this as a cat-and-mouse game.

    "By the way, the Russian military aircraft did not really violate Turkish airspace, because Ankara unilaterally moved the border 8 kilometers (5 miles) into Syrian territory. It has been a so-called buffer zone since June 2012. At the time a rocket fired from Syria shot down a Turkish military plane that violated Syria's airspace," the media outlet explained.

    On October 3, a Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) entered Turkish airspace for a few seconds due to poor weather conditions. Moscow officially apologized for what it referred to as a "misunderstanding" and pledged to avoid such incidents in the future.

    In an interview with EurActiv, Russia's envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov noted that "all lines of contact between Moscow and Ankara are open. Including military to military. The Russian military are in an on-line mode of contact with the Turkish military, to discuss any issues that might arise."


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