Erdogan reportedly orders Turkish generals to shoot down Greek fighter

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A German newspaper has claimed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered his generals to fire upon and destroy Greek ships and fighters in a bid to provoke their Mediterranean neighbours.

The German newspaper Die Welt claimed in a report on Tuesday, entitled “Erdogan’s calculated war,” the Erdogan had asked his Turkish generals to ink a Greek ship and that they should do so securing that no one is killed in the process.

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When the generals refused, another Turkish official suggested shooting down a Greek fighter, and the pilot could use the launch pad to save himself. But Turkish generals again refused.

A Greek F-16 fighter jet taking part in military exercises in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday. Photo: Getty Images

The report also said that “if it depended on the Turkish President, his navy would have sunk a Greek ship in the Mediterranean a long time ago.”

READ MORE: Turkish FM proposes ‘sharing’ of East Med resources after accusing Greece of ‘provocative acts’

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused Greece of engaging in “provocative acts” in the region with the backing of the European Union.

“We favor a joint solution that involves sitting around the table to negotiate with all sides in the eastern Mediterranean, for everyone to benefit from the eastern Mediterranean resources in a just manner or for the sharing (of resources) fairly,” Cavusoglu said.

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