Air Marshal Evaggelos Tournas sent a protest letter to his Bulgarian counterpart, Air Vice Marshal Constantin Popov after the inaccurate information presented by Bulgarian officials according to which Thrace belongs to Bulgaria.
Here is the story in detail: from July 11 until July 27 , the Thracian Star 2013 exercise will take place at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, Bulgaria, with the participation of the USA and Romania. After an invitation from the Bulgarian Air Force, the participation of Greek fighter aircrafts was decided on as well.
During the initial coordinating meeting in Sofia, the Bulgarians presented basic information and operational data for carrying out the exercise. After these inaccuracies were presented, there was a reference to “historical” data which emphasized that Bulgarians originate from Thracians, while they included a map on which territory that includes all modern Thrace of Greece was depicted. On the same map, ancient Macedonia was also depicted separated by borders from the rest of Greece.