The Turkish Foreign Ministry, in a statement, reacted to the new decision of the Greek Justice for the rejection of the demand to extradite the 8 Turkish officers who have entered the country illegally.
Ankara characterized the decision as “disappointing since we hoped the greek Justice would be fair and unbiased”. In the announcement, Turkey stressed that “up until now, the Greek authorities have blocked the trial of members of terrorist organizations such as the PKK and DHKP-C and have reiterated their mistake. This decision will affect bilateral relations and regional cooperation between Turkey and Greece”.
As highlighted in the Turkish ministry’s announcement, Ankara does not see the necessary support from an ally country in the fight against terrorism and crime. It also stresses that “the decision was obviously politically motivated and that the Greek judiciary ignored in its decision the rights of the victims of the failed coup attempt of July 2016.”
New list for 215,000 arrests
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