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Greek soldiers back home after 167 days in Turkish custody (picts, videos)

It was 3:19 Wednesday morning when the state airplane landed at the airport of Thessaloniki. On board were Greek soldiers Aggelos Mitretodis and Dimitris Kouklatzis, who touched again Greek soil after 167 days in Turkish custody. Second Lieutnant Mitretodis and Sergeant Kouklatzis exited the airplane wearing military uniforms and not …

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Two Greek soldiers in Turkish custody are to be set free in the next hours

The two Greek soldiers, Mitretodis and Kouklatzis, in Turkish custody since March 1st are to be set free in the next hours. According to preliminary information, the unexpected move has surprised also the soldiers’ lawyers who were supposed to submit one more release request. Τhe news was first reported by …

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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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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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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 slams Juncker over release of two Greek soldiers

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on April 26 rejected a statement by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the detention of two Greek soldiers in Turkey.  “With these remarks … EU authorities lose their credibility and reliability day by day,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement. Aksoy’s remarks came …

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Turkish court rejects 3. release request by the two Greek soldiers

A Turkish court rejected the third release requested submitted by  the lawyers of the two Greek soldiers in custody in high security prison for 55th consecutive days. For the time being the prosecutor has not raised charges against the soldiers who accidentally entered into Turkish soil on March 1st. The …

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Greece rebukes Turkey: Soldiers’ exchange “unacceptable”, peaceful coexistence “possible not just in words”

“Statements about the peaceful coexistence of our peoples are important and valuable when accompanied by deeds,” Greek President Prokopis Pavlopopoulos said on Sunday commenting on  Turkish counterpart Erdogan who called on “peace with Greece.” Furthermore, Pavlopoulos ruled out an exchange between the two Greek soldiers in Turkish custody and the …

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Commission report slams Turkey over human rights, relations to EU member-states

In one of its more critical reports towards Turkey, the European Commission urged Ankara to improve relations with EU member-states, lift the state of emergency as soon as possible and improve human rights. Turkey is taking “major steps” in the wrong direction and it is shifting towards authoritariarism, the Commission …

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Greek PM Tsipras calls on Turkey to give up “tension escalating rhetoric”

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called on Turkey to give up escalating rhetoric towards Greece and speed up the return of the two Greek soldiers as a good will gesture. The soldiers who accidentally entered Turkish soil are still in custody in high prison in Edirne on the 34th day and …

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Kammenos: “Madman” Erdogan can keep the Greek soldiers up to 15 years

This is apparently Greece’s new tactics towards Turkey: “calling names.” After Prime Minister  Alexis Tsipras called Recep Tayyip Erdogan “sultan,” his coalition government partner, Panos Kammenos said the Turkish President  “a madman.” ANEL leader and Defense Minister, Panos Kammenos, pulled the trigger of the escalation in the bilateral issues and …

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PM Tsipras: “The Sultan” has to explain why Turkey has the two Greek soldiers still in detention

The Good Week started in Greece with the continuation of the war of words with neighboring Turkey, in new high tones. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a strong-worded response to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who for one more time linked the case of the two Greek soldiers with the eight Turkish …

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