Turkey will send to NATO the issue of the “locking” of the F-16s by the Greek S-300s. This is reported by Turkish media, citing sources from the country’s Ministry of Defense.
Turkey is expected very soon to hand over to NATO information and data from the radars of its fighters, which – as they claim – record evidence of the “locking” of the Greek S-300 air defense missile systems.
The pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak characteristically states that the target tracking and missile guidance radar “locked” the F-16 fighter jets of the Turkish Air Force, which were flying at an altitude of 10,000 feet west of Rhodes. The Turks claim that the “lock-on” is captured in the radar images of the fighterswhich will are sent to NATO, in order to inform the member states of the Alliance.
It is obvious that Turkey is trying to give Greece the image of an aggressive neighbor and a bad ally. Ankara even falsely claims that the Turkish aircraft are “harassed” either by Greek fighters or trapped by the Russian-origin S-300 anti-aircraft systems installed in Crete.
The media in Turkey since Monday morning have been continuously broadcasting information that Turkish fighter jets on August 23 flying west of Rhodes in international airspace and at a height of 10,000 feet they were “caught” by the S-300’s radars, characterizing this move as “hostile”. In fact, the Turkish side, through reports broadcast by pro-government news networks, claims that the Turkish aircraft were targeted by Russian anti-aircraft missiles.
And all this was “supplemented” with the last statements of Recep Tayyip Ernogan. The president of Turkey, speaking at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the Asia Minor Disaster, referred to the incident and described the Greeks as “scoundrels” and also attacked “some” allies, criticizing “the hostile attitudes against Turkey and the support provided to those who display such behaviors” (meaning the alleged “tolerance” they display in the “use” of the S-300 by Greece)”.