US call for respect the territorial integrity
US urges countries to respect territorial integrity amid Greece, Turkiye airspace row. 'Sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected and protected,' says State Dept official.
"The sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected and protected," a State Department official told Anadolu Agency.
"We encourage all countries to respect the sovereign airspace of other countries and to operate state aircraft with due regard for the safety of navigation of civil aircraft. Where disagreements exist over the limits of a country’s territorial airspace, we urge coordination and discussion, not actions that could lead to deadly accidents," the official added.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in late April that on April 26-28, the Greek Air Force carried out provocative flights in close proximity to the Turkish coast and repeatedly violated Turkish airspace over the southwestern towns of Didim, Datca, and Dalaman.
“The Turkish Air Force reciprocated to these provocative flights and violations in accordance with their rules of engagement," he said.
The dispute is the latest in a series of rows between Athens and Ankara over sea and air boundaries.