PM: Greece relies on EU support in case of soldiers detained in Turkey


Greece’s prime minister said on Friday that Athens would continue bilateral efforts to resolve the issue of two Greek soldiers detained in Turkey but also depended on its EU partners for their support.

The two soldiers were detained this month after crossing the border into Turkey in bad weather. Greece says the incident was the "result of a mistake" and has asked for their swift return.

Tsipras, speaking at an EU summit in Brussels, said he had assurances from the heads of the EU Commission and EU Council that the issue would be raised with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during talks in Bulgaria next week.

"We will continue our efforts through bilateral channels, but at the same time, we depend on the official and open mobilization of our partners, our allies," Tsipras said. [Reuters]