Greece's Foreign Minister, left, Nikos Kotzias, speaks with Defense Minister Panos Kammenos before a group picture of the new government outside the Parliament in Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Greece's new nationalist defense minister prompted Greece's perennial rival Turkey to scramble jets Friday, just days after he took office, by flying over uninhabited islets off the Turkish coast that nearly triggered a war in 1996 .Turkish fighter jets entered Greek airspace and were intercepted by Greek jets as Defense Minister Panos Kammenos and military chiefs flew by helicopter to the islet of Imia to drop wreaths in memory of three Greek officers killed nearby in a helicopter crash 19 years ago, the Greek Defense Ministry said.Imia, known in Turkish as Kardak, lies just seven km (four miles) off the Turkish coast.
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