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Turkey stops readmission of migrants from Greece as retaliation for release of 8 Turkish soldiers

Turkey has suspended the migrant readmission deal with Greece in response to a Greek court’s decision to release eight former Turkish servicemen who fled to the country one day after Turkey’s July 2016 coup attempt, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

During a meeting with Turkish reporters, Cavusoglu was asked whether Ankara is considering sanctions against Greece following the release of the eight soldiers Çavuşoğlu described the move as “unacceptable.”

“Greece is under immense pressure, particularly its judiciary, from the West,” he added.

“We have a refugee deal with the EU and we have a readmission agreement with Greece. We have suspended the deal with Greece,” Çavuşoglu said.

The readmission deal allows the return of “irregular migrants” to Turkey from Greece in exchange for Syrian refugees to be relocated within the EU.

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