Ankara escalates pressure on Athens to have the 8 military personnel that fled Turkey with an helicopter extradited. In an unprecedented move, Turkey’s ambassador to the Greek capital, Kerim Uras, threatened that
“bilateral relations would be damaged if Greece does not extradite the 8 Turkish military personnel.”
In order to promote Ankara’s position on the delicate issue, ambassador Uras invited Greek media for a press conference.
Allowing his diplomatic fantasy spinning around, the ambassador claimed
“Greece should not given landing permission to Turkish helicopter, it should not have even allowed it to enter Greek FIR.”
To the question by a Greek journalist, whether Greece should have downed the helicopter, the ambassador had no answer. He was obviously at the end of his diplomacy -ABC.
On Saturday morning, the helicopter sent a mayday signal of imminent danger claiming the engine was no fire.
The ambassador claimed that the Greeks knew there was no fire and they had to think that it was a trick for coup-plotters to land.
The 8 low-ranking officers have requested political asylum in Greece fearing for their lives if they return to Turkey.
Joining the government chorus chanting for the extradition of the 8, Turkish media mean to know that the “8 were part of the commando team responsible for the physical extermination of President Erdogan in a holiday hotel in Marmaris,” so daily STAR.
A couple of hours later after Greek media spread Uras’ statements as “threats”, the Turkish ambassador felt the need to issue a statement and clarify his own statement about the extradition of the 8 Military officers.
“It has been observed that some statements of H.E. Ambassador Kerim Uras regarding the extradition case of Turkish military personnel involved in the a failed terrorist coup attempt in Turkey at today’s (19 July) press briefing, has been distorted in the reports of some media institutions. Therefore, a clarification is presented below:
The Ambassador emphasized that the Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in a military helicopter after the weekend coup attempt would have a fair and transparent trial back home.
He stated that Turkey’s expectation is an immediate extradition of the military personnel back to Turkey. This would have very positive repercussions on the relations of both countries. On the other hand, a negative decision might cause negative feelings in the Turkish public opinion and naturally that this is something he does not desire, as his primary duty as Ambassador is to improve bilateral relations and keep things stable.
The Ambassador also thanked the Greek authorities at the highest level for the timely support and cooperation they gave in face of the coup attempt, and in our efforts to reinstate democracy and the rule of law.”
*bold by KTG