Jun 08 2018

West responsible for Greece releasing putschists – Turkish FM

Turkey suspended its bilateral migration readmission agreement with Greece after it released eight Turkish officers who fled their country after a failed coup, pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah said.

“What Greece did is unacceptable. It's Greece that has suffered a lot from coups. The government really wants to solve the issue," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, but there was "a lot of pressure from the West on the Greek judiciary."

The soldiers, who had asked Greek authorities for asylum after fleeing Turkey in a military helicopter, are now being kept in safehouses after Turkish authorities pledged to kidnap them and try them back home.

"We have a migrant deal with the EU, which is currently in place. We also have a bilateral readmission agreement with Greece, [but] right now we are suspending this deal," Çavuşoğlu said.

“Turkey has repeatedly called for the extradition of the suspected coup-plotters, including during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's official visit to Greece last December,” Daily Sabah added.