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Greece is in a mess over the issue of eight Turkish soldiers

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11.01.2018

As the coup attempt was crumbling in the early hours of July 16, 2016, it must have come across as unimaginable to Greek officials that soldiers who have been trained to see Greeks as enemies would flee to “hostile territory.”

Yet the eight Turkish soldiers, including three majors, three captains and two sergeant majors, flew to Greece by helicopter, in what has become the start of a process that would give Alexis Tsipras’ government a huge headache.

“First of all, why did we let the helicopter in? Wasn’t there any way to keep it out? We all knew during those days that there was a lot of activity and that there was a possibility of this,” journalist Alexis Papahelas had asked Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in an interview last February.

This is what Kotzias had to say: “I think that if the competent authorities in northern Greece over which the helicopter flew had known who........

© Hürriyet Daily News