16 December, Saturday


Yildirim comments on Greece's decision not to extradite soldiers over coup

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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 at a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Athens. 
 
"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," Reuters cited Yildirim as saying.
 
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.

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