Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul has written to his Greek counterpart Stavros Kontonis saying "Greece is becoming a gathering place for criminals" following a court ruling releasing one of eight Turkish servicemen seeking asylum in Greece.
The union representing workers at the state-run Public Power Corporation (PPC) will start what it said would be a string of 48-hour strikes in the early hours of Monday, which may lead to brief power stoppages in parts of the country.
The case of the eight Turkish soldiers who are seeking political asylum in Greece is becoming an increasingly thorny issue for Athens as Ankara is insisting on their extradition and the maximum period for their detention is to expire next month.
Any talk of an exchange between the two Greek officers detained in Turkey with the eight Turkish servicemen who sought asylum in Greece after the foiled coup attempt in 2016 is “inconceivable,” President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Sunday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country will consider returning the two Greek soldiers who have been detained in Turkey if Greece extradites the eight Turkish servicemen who sought protection in the country after the foiled coup attempt in July 2016, AFP reported.
A few days before talks resume between officials from Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) about the latter's officials name, FYROM premier Zoran Zaev has said that Athens and Skopje have never been closer to a solution.
Two men watch the president of Greece’s association of prisoners and exiles of the 1967-74 military junta (SFEA), Costas Mantaios, deliver an address on Saturday, on the 51st anniversary of the coup. Mantaios was speaking from the balcony of the Museum of Anti-Dictatorial and Democratic Resistance in Athens, located in a building used by the colonels’ regime for interrogations. ‘The tragic consequences of the criminal coup of April 21, 1967, remain indelibly etched on our historical memory,’ Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said in a statement marking the anniversary. [Simela Pantzartzi/ANA-MPA]