Pakistani aircraft violates FIR Athens in unique provocation

Pakistan proceeded to an unprecedented provocation against Greece … as a Pakistani P-3 Orion maritime reconnaissance and information collection aircraft flew within the FIR of Athens, thus supporting Ankara’s illegal demands.

The aircraft entered the Athens FIR east of Kastellorizo, then continued to the Nicosia FIR and then returned to its base following the same course in reverse.

It is clear that in the context of its strategic alliance with Turkey, Pakistan supports Turkey’s positions in challenging Greek EEZ and Greek sovereign rights.

This is the first time this has happened with another country’s aircraft, as to date with the exception of Turkish Air Force aircraft and more generally the neighboring country’s armed forces that do not file flight plans or rarely do so, all other countries do so.

The Greek Foreign Ministry should immediately ask the Pakistani ambassador and the Pakistani government for an explanation.