The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, spoke to Zeit Online on March 9, where he was asked about the two Greek soldiers and when they will return.
“I do not know… they have crossed the border illegally, and it is up to the prosecutors and judges who need to know what is behind this case; did it happen inadvertently, was it deliberately? They want to be sure.
Asked if Greek soldiers would be exchanged with the Turkish sholdiers who, after the coup attempt, went to Greece and requested asylum, Mevlut Çavuşoğlu replied:
“No, we do not want such a bargain. Moreover, we have captured the Greek soldiers on Turkish territory and not Greek. As for the pilots, we have asked Greece for their extradition some time ago./IBNA