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Turkish nationals arrested for illegally entering military zone in Ervos

Four Turkish nationals have been arrested and taken to prosecutor for illegally entering a forbidden military zone in the area of Evros in Northern Greece. According to their own information, two of them are journalists and two Turkish nationals who are legally in Greece as residents in Thessaloniki. The four …

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Turkish prosecutor threatens Greek soldiers with up to 2 years imprisonment

The news about the two Greek soldiers in the hands of Turkish authorities are not promising.  Information leaked by court sources in Greece’s neighboring country indicates that lieutenant Aggelos Mitretodis and sergeant Dimitris Kouklatzis are facing a prison sentence of up to two years. Although officially no charges have been …

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Turkish court rejects 6. release request for two Greek soldiers

A Turkish court has ruled to keep in custody the two Greek soldiers who were detained in Turkey on March 1st. It is the sixth release request the soldiers’ lawyers have submitted. So far no charges have been pressed, the Greek soldiers remain in high security prison in Edirne, North-Western …

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Greeks, Armenians protest Trump’s intervention for F-35 delivery to Turkey

The Armenian National Committee of American (ANCA), In Defense of Christians (IDC) and the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) expressed sharp disappointment on Friday  over the Trump Administration’s newly revealed opposition to Congressional restrictions upon the sale of advanced F-35 aircraft to Turkey. Trump Opposition to Congressional Restrictions on F-35 …

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Turkish state TV crew detained in Northern Greece

A crew of Turkish state TRT broadcaster was briefly detained in the city of Alexandroupolis, Northern Greece, late Saturday. A cameraman, a reporter and a transportation officer were detained and held in a police station for three hours before they were released. The group had some test shootings in the …

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Tsipras: “Immediate release of 2 soldiers is major issue in Greek-Turkish relations”

“The immediate release of the two Greek soldiers is a major issue in the Greek-Turkish relations” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reportedly told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a private meeting at the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels. In the meeting that last nearly two hours, Tsipras put …

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Greek soldiers: Mothers protest outside Turkish Consulate in Thessaloniki

A group of mothers gathered outside the Turkish Consulate in Thessaloniki on Monday and demanded the immediate release of the two Greek soldiers in Turkish custody since March 1. Holding the pictures of Dimitris Kouklatzis and Aggelos Mitretodis, the group requested a meeting with the Turkish Consul. Their request was …

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Bazaar conspiracies: Turkey’s FM claims “the West put pressure on Greece” against 8 servicemen extradition

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, accused “the West” for having put pressure on Greece to not extradite the 8 Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after the failed coup of July 2016. In an interview with state news agency Anadolu, Cavusoglu said  the Greek Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister …

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Greece grants political asylum to 3. Turkish serviceman

One more Turkish officer was granted political asylum by Greek Asylum authorities on Thursday. He is the third out of the eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece after the failed coup in July 2016. With an unanimous decision the Secondary Asylum Committee to grant political asylum to Ugur Ucan. …

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Turkey rejects 4. request to release the two Greek soldiers

For one more time, Turkish authorities rejected the request to release the two Greek soldiers in custody for the 111st consecutive day and without charges. Lieutenant Aggelos Mitretodis and non-commissioned officer Dimitros Kouklatzis were taken to the court of Edirne from the high security prison in the same area. they …

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Turkey claims to have increased security in the Aegean “fearing Greek provocation”

Turkey is increasing its security in the tiny part of the Aegean Sea within its territorial waters in fact without apparent reason. State news agency Anadolu said on Thursday that the Turkish Navy deployed a frigate and two gun boats in the Aegean and ordered them to be on alert …

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Turkey’s deputy PM threatens with abduction of the 8 Turkish servicemen in Greece

No other than the deputy Prime Minister of Turkey and government spokesman threatened to abduct the 8 Turkish servicemen that were released from custody on Monday afternoon. Claiming that Greece is “protecting and supporting coup plotters and terrorists,” Bekir Bozdag said: “I want to be clear. Whatever they do, it …

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Turkey lashes out at Greece, as all 8 Turkish servicemen are set free

The last four Turkish servicemen of the eight who fled to Greece after the foiled coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 have been released from custody. Monday afternoon, they left the police station at the Olympic Village where they were being held, as the 18 months of maximum detention expired. …

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US takes one more step towards freezing sale of F-35 to Turkey

A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom …

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Turkish jets violate Greek airspace 46 times in a single day

Turkish fighter jest violated the Greek airspace 46 times in a single day, the Greek General Staff said in a statement yesterday afternoon. The FIR violations occurred in the North, Central and Southeast Aegean Sea on Wednesday. A total of 17 Turkish aircraft committed the Greek airspace violations. They were …

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Council of State’s irrevocable asylum ruling a precedent for all 8 Turkish soldiers

Greece’s Council of State has confirmed  the ruling of Asylum Committee to grant asylum to one of the 8 Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after the failed coup of 2016. The Council of State said  that asylum to one of the eight Turkish servicemen is definite and irrevocable. the …

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Turkey rejects third request to release the two Greek soldiers

A court in Edirne, North-West Turkey, has rejected the third petition to release the two Greek soldiers in custody in high security prison and without pressed charges on the 84th consecutive day. The court rejected the petition filed by the soldiers’ lawyers with the argument they had no permanent residence …

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