Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatens to cancel the refugees readmission deal with Greece although readmission of refugees and migrants in not a bilateral agreement but an EU Turkey deal. Ankara is furious about the Supreme Court decision to not extradite the eight Turkish officers to Turkey.
Cavusoglu said on Friday that Turkey will take necessary measures against Greece.
One of the measures would be to cancel the readmission deal with Greece, which allows the latter to return back to Turkey refugees and migrants who illegally enter European soil coming from Turkey,
“Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey may consider cancelling the readmission deal with Greece, which allows the latter to return illegal migrants -who traveled through Turkey- to Turkey, in order to be processed before they are sent back to their country of origin,” TRT Haber reported.
Furthermore, Cavusoglu claimed that the Greek court’s ruling is a political rather than a legal decision, noting that it will have unavoidable implications for bilateral relations.
“They’re not just petty criminals” Çavuşoglu said, adding that the soldiers attempted to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
He added that Turkey cannot have a positive view about a country which supports terrorists and coup supporters, and will take concrete action to express its reaction.
Illegal migrant arrivals on Greek islands has dropped significantly since the agreement came into effect, with the numbers dropping to around 20 people per day from 7,000 in 2015.
On Thursday, just hours after the Supreme Court ruling, the foreign ministry in Ankara sharply protested the court decision not to extradite the eight former military personnel on the ground that they would not have a fair trial in Turkey.
In a statement the Turkish foreign Ministry fired threat salvos against Greece and accused Athens of protecting coup plotters and of supporting terrorists.
As the readmission deal is not a bilateral agreement but an agreement between the European Union and Turkey, I wonder how EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will react to these threats.
For Turkey it is impossible to swallow the bitter pill of impartial justice that rules in respect of human rights standards. Therefore the Turkish Justice Ministry sent a second extradition request to Greece on Friday morning, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.