Mustafa AY – TDO – 16.08.2018 On Wednesday, Turkish court ruled over release of two Greek soldiers –Lieutenant Aggelos Mitretodis and Staff Sergeant Dimitros Kouklatzis- from 5-month-long imprisonment in Edirne. Following medical cheks of soldiers in Turkish hospital, Greek Consular and other embassy staff accompanied soldiers to Çorlu airport in Tekirdağ. Athens sent PM Alexis Tsipras’s jet to bring the soldier back to home.
After the official jet belonging to Greek PM landed in Thessaloniki airport, Greek soldiers were met by their families and Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos. Minister Kammenos stated their happiness about release of soldiers and relayed their appreciation and gratitude to his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar. Minister Kammenos invited Turkish Mod to host in Athens.
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras addressed the message of “consolidation of regional stability and collaboration” to Turkey. Tsipras then underscored the gravity of diplomacy. For this reason, he conveyed his appreciation to Petros Mavroidis -Greek Ambassador to Ankara-, Embassy’s Undersecretary Baltas and Consular Theoharidis since they played an important role in release of soldiers.
Two Greek soldiers were captured by Turkish Patrol Force ‘Border Eagles’ from 54th Mechanized Infantry Command while trespassing Turkish military base –allegedly ‘unconsciously’-. Once they were detained by Turkish Border Eagles, they were immediately referred to Turkish prosecution office for legal processing. Turkish Public Prosecutor asked Turkish court detention of two Greek soldiers once making indictments of “illegally trespassing military base” and “conduct of illegal espionage activities” against soldiers. The court ruled over detention of two Greek soldiers. Following Turkish court’s decision, Athens firmly criticized Turkish judiciary and claimed that Greek soldiers accidentally violated military zone because of heavy weather conditions.