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Greek PM urges Turkey to release two soldiers as goodwill gesture

16:35, Tuesday, 03 April, 2018
Greek PM urges Turkey to release two soldiers as goodwill gesture

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Turkey on Tuesday to release two Greek soldiers detained on Turkish territory in March and accused Ankara of escalating tensions.

Greece maintains the soldiers crossed into Turkey by mistake while following the trail of suspected illegal migrants. Turkish courts have ordered their detention on suspicion of illegal entry and attempted military espionage.

Ankara should, as a gesture of good will, release two Greek soldiers who were detained after crossing the border into Turkey on March 1, Tsipras told a meeting of his cabinet.

“Of late (Turkey) has intensified its provocations and is escalating the situation on all fronts,” Tsipras said.“It is unfair that they are being held. Just as we, in the past, returned Turkish soldiers who may have crossed the Greek border by a few meters, I expect the Turkish president to today do the same,” Tsipras said.

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