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Jun
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Tuesday 20th
posted by Morning Star in World

GREECE and Turkey held an icy summit in Athens yesterday, failing to agree on a number of questions.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim that airspace violations over the Aegean Sea must stop because they increase risks of a military accident.

Mr Yildirim countered that Greece also engaged in Aegean violations.

The neighbours are also divided over eight Turkish servicemen who sought asylum in Greece following last year’s failed coup in Turkey.

Ankara says that the helicopter crewmen took part in the attempted coup, which the men deny.
Greece’s high court has refused extradition amid fears the eight would not get a fair trial in Turkey amid the subsequent crackdown.

Mr Tsipras said that Greece’s judicial system was independent of its political system.
“We respect the decision the judiciary has made but we hope the coup-plotters don’t deliver a blow to Turkey-Greece relations,” Mr Yildirim countered.




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