Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar flew today with an F-16 fighter over the northern part of the Aegean Sea, Kathimerini reports.

During the flight, Akar paid his respects at the Canakkale Martyrs' Memorial, a war memorial commemorating the approximately 253,000 Turkish soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gallipoli.

We will try to justify (the legacy) of our martyrs, especially the martyrs who lie in Canakkale, and continue our struggle in the spirit of Canakkale, Akar said in a radio message.

Earlier today, Akar reiterated Turkey's claims that Greek S-300 surface-to-air missiles stationed on the island of Crete were used to radar intercept Turkish warplanes on August 23 while they were on a reconnaissance mission in international airspace.

Hulusi Akar: Turkey expects objectivity from NATO regarding Greece's actions in the Aegean Sea

He warned that Ankara would continue to react to Athens' "boldness".

We have always responded to this audacity of Greece and we will continue to do so, he said during a military ceremony in Eskisehir district.

Akar also stated that Ankara expects from its NATO allies an objective assessment of Greece's actions in the Aegean Sea in relation to Turkish F-16 fighter jets.


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