NEWS DESK – Greece has lodged a complaint to the European Union over the extension of the detention of its two soldiers in Turkey as it plans to raise the issue with NATO.
Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said on Tuesday that his country had lodged a complaint with the European Union on the extension of the detention of its two soldiers in Turkey, in a move observers saw as a return to tension and conflict between the two neighboring countries.
Kammenos told reporters, referring to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini “It is a matter of relevance to the European Union,”.
The Greek defense minister also said he planned to raise the issue with NATO, which includes Greece and Turkey, where Greece also belongs to the European Union, unlike Turkey, which seeks to join the bloc.
Turkey detained the two Greek soldiers last week after crossing the common border and then formally arrested them on charges of espionage. The soldiers said they were trailing footprints in the dense snow that may have been left by migrants and mistakenly crossed the line.
Al-Arab newspaper reported that the Turkish regime under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan was trying to detain the two Greek soldiers, the Athens swap, which earlier refused to extradite Turkish soldiers who had taken refuge there and accused the authorities in Ankara of masterminding the failed coup attempt.
The Greek authorities have struck a new blow to the Turkish regime, seeking to recover the fleeing Turkish military, following the failed coup attempt in 2016.
Greece has announced that it will not hand over Turkey’s Turkish militants, accused of participating in the failed coup attempt, and have applied for asylum there. A spokesman for the Greek government said Athens would not hand over the militants whether they were granted asylum or not.
Observers in this step considered the Turkish president’s dreams of bringing his opponents after one of the eight soldiers who escaped to Athens was granted the right to asylum, a decision that Ankara strongly condemned as saying that the move was politically motivated and would have implications for bilateral relations and regional cooperation. .
The man granted asylum has been released, but the other seven are still in detention, and all are still awaiting final judgment on their request for protection.
The military had fled Turkey to Greece following the failure of the coup attempt, where the Greek courts refused to extradite them to Ankara justifying their refusal to receive a fair trial at home.