Greece says ties with Turkey ‘static’
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis described Greek-Turkish ties as "static," following a security meeting, attended by top defense officials and chaired by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.
"The aim of Greece’s diplomacy is to improve Greek-Turkish relations. In our opinion, this effort remained static in 2008," Bakoyannis said. "We must remain serious and sober when discussing such issues."
Greece made a formal complaint to Ankara last week, accusing Turkey of flying its jets over a populated Greek island and harassing a search-and-rescue mission in the Aegean.
Turkey has rejected the allegations, and its military has accused Greece of confronting its warplanes 12 times during training in international airspace over the Aegean since Jan. 5.
The two NATO members are at odds over airspace boundaries in the eastern Aegean Sea.