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Greece slams Turkey’s “foot-dragging” on two Greek soldiers

Athens called on Ankara to clarify the reasons why the two Greek soldiers are still being held in Turkish custody. The soldiers were arrested on March 1st, when they accidentally crossed into Turkey and are being held in custody in high security prison in Edirne, without that the prosecutor has …

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No sign of dog abused by soldiers, hunter claims to be owner

Hours after the the brutal dog abuse by Greek soldiers became public last Sunday morning, several “witnesses” and “sources” claimed towards media and on social media that “the dog was in good health” and was taken care by a “local shelter,” “other soldiers in a nearby village,” or “an elderly.” …

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Turkish court extends custody for two Greek soldiers in Edirne high security prison

The prosecutor of the court in Edirne – Adrianoupolis – extended on Tuesday noon the custody for the two Greek soldiers currently in high security prison of the city. Their lawyers had submitted a release application. Now they will be allowed to submit a new release application after one month, …

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Kammenos reiterates opposition to use of “Macedonia” and its derivatives by FYROM

Defense Minister and Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader, Panos Kammenos, reiterated his opposition to the use of the term “Macedonia” and any derivative in the name agreed for FYROM. In an interview with private ANT1 TV on Tuesday, Kammenos pointed out that in order to change FYROM’s constitution, elections must be …

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Tsipras warns Turkey in the Aegean, says the issue of Greek soldiers will be raised by EU in Varna

The issue of the two Greek soldiers will be raised in the meeting  between EU top officials with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Varna on March 26, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday in Brussels. According to media, EU President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have …

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EU Council “strongly condemns Turkey’s illegal actions in East Med and Aegean”

The European Council took a historical decision. For the first time, it condemns Turkey for its illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea and underlines its full solidarity with Cyprus and Greece. Surprisingly, the European Council made a special reference to the two Greek soldiers in Turkish …

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EP President Tajani calls on Turkey to release the Greek soldiers “very quickly”

European Palriament President Antonio Tajani called on Turkey to respect international law and also release the two Greek soldiers currently in custody in Edirne, NW Turkey. “Respect for international law is our constant demand and this includes both Greek soldiers,” Tajani during a press conference in Brussels at the side …

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Turkey claims “military sketch” was discovered on a cell phone of the two Greek soldiers

Turkey claims to have discovered one “military sketch” on one of the cell phones of the two Greek soldiers still in custody in the high security prison of Edirne in Northwestern Turkey.  State news agency Anadolu and newspaper Hurriyet reported Thursday noon that examination on the external memory card of …

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Tsipras to broach Turkey’s aggression, Greek soldiers issue at EU Summit

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in concert with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, intends to raise the issue of Turkey’s provocative actions in the Aegean and Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) during the European leaders’ summit meetings in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, government sources said on Wednesday.  According to AthensNewsAgency, the …

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MoD Kammenos: “Turkey operates in the logic of Midnight Express”

Defense Minister and Tsipras junior coalition partner, Panos Kammenos said on Tuesday that on the issue of the two Greek soldiers in custody, “Turkey operates in the logic of Midnight Express.” The Greek government will not be involved in exchange matters, Kammenos said stressing that the Turkish side has not …

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Greek soldiers: Merkel intervened to Erdogan, US supports Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel intervened to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the two Greek soldiers issue currently in Turkish custody. US Ambassador to Greece said the US is supportive to Greece on the same issue. Meanwhile the two Greek soldiers will reportedly be taken to the court early Tuesday …

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Remains of 108 Greek soldiers fallen in Albanian recovered, no DNA match so far

The remains of 108 Greek soldiers killed during a WWII advance of Greek forces in Albania, as Greece repelled an attempted invasion by Italian forces in 1940-41, have so far been unearthed during an ongoing search at Dragot (Tepeleni) in Albania, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff announced on Thursday. …

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Edirne economy suffers after Greeks declare ’embargo’ due to two soldiers in custody

Greeks in the North have turned their backs to the attractive commercial market of Edirne – Adrianopolis – in Turkey due to the ongoing detention of the two Greek soldiers who remain in custody for the 15th consecutive day in the high security prison the same city. Locals from the …

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Fifteen Greek MEPs call on Turkey to release the two detained soldiers

Fifteen Greek MEPs are calling on the Turkish government to swiftly release two Greek soldiers who are held in the city of Edirne, Turkey, after they accidentally crossed into the country’s territory during a border patrol two weeks ago.  In the joint statement, an initiative of SYRIZA MEP Kostas Chrysogonos, …

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NATO maintains “equal distance policy” to Greek soldiers issue

Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, maintained the usual “equal distance policy” in the case of the two Greek soldiers currently in custody in Turkish prison. In an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu, Stoltenberg was quoted as saying “this is an issue that must be resolved between Greece and …

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Orestiada: Solidarity protest with the two Greek soldiers in custody in Turkish prison

Dozens of people cycled from Orestiada to the border crossing of Katsanies in solidarity with the two Greek soldiers in Turkish custody in the high security prison of Edirne. Members of cyclists’ association of Orestiada ‘Risos’ but also citizens participated in the protest on cycles on Sunday morning. Cyclists’ action …

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Greek Defense Minister: The Greek soldiers “are hostages in Turkish prisons”

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos suddenly upgraded the arrest of the two Greek soldiers and described them as “hostages in Turkish prisons.” The soldiers were arrested last week for illegally crossing the borders. Kammenos’ statement is in full contradiction with those made by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday. Tsipras’ junior …

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Greece turns to EU, NATO and UN on Greek soldiers in Turkish custody

As the two Greek soldiers remain in custody in Turkish high-security prison in Edirne, Greece has turned to international organization on the issue hoping for a successful intervention. However, all the  European Union, the Commission and the NATO do, is to express hope of “good neighboring relations.” EU Foreign Affairs …

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Def Min Kammenos: Greek soldiers’ arrest is issue of concern for EU

The arrest of two Greek soldiers patrolling the Greek-Turkish border is an issue of concern for the European Union also, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said on Tuesday. The Greek Defense Minister is currently in Brussels for an EU foreign affairs and defense ministers’ council. Noting that his communication with EU …

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