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Turkey respects Greece's decision not to extradite soldiers over coup, PM says
June 19, 2017 / 11:40 AM / in 4 months

Turkey respects Greece's decision not to extradite soldiers over coup, PM says

ATHENS (Reuters) - Turkey respects Greece’s decision not to extradite eight soldiers who fled to Greece after last July’s attempted coup, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday.

“We would like Greece to extradite those who clearly staged a coup against our nation. We respect the judiciary’s decision, but we do not want these putschists to strike a blow to Turkish-Greek relations,” Yildirim said at a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Athens.

In May, a Greek court blocked a second extradition request by Turkey for the final two soldiers among a group of eight who fled to Greece following the coup attempt, drawing an angry rebuke from Ankara.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler

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