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Turkey threatens abolishing readmission deal in reaction to Greek court’s refusal to extradite soldiers, sends 2nd request for extradition

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Jan. 27 that Ankara would take “necessary steps, including possible annulment of the bilateral readmission agreement,” in reaction to a Greek court’s ruling not to extradite Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in last year’s coup attempt.

Turkish Justice Ministry sent 2nd request for extradition of 8 Turkish soldiers.

Çavuşoğlu’s remarks came after the Supreme Court of Greece on Jan. 26 rejected the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers who sought political asylum there after the failed coup attempt.

The soldiers, including two majors, flew helicopters to Alexandroupolis on July 16, 2016, prompting the Greek authorities to begin legal and diplomatic proceedings on charges of illegal entry into the country.

Turkey agreed to take back all migrants landing on Greek as of March 20, while the EU would take back the same amount of Syrian refugees from Turkey. Turkey agreed with the EU to take back all migrants and refugees who cross to Greek illegally in exchange for financial aid, visa-free travel for Turks, and “accelerated” EU membership talks.

In late July, a local Greek court sentenced the eight soldiers to two-month suspended prison terms for illegally entering the country.

The case was then taken to the Greek top court after previous decisions to extradite three soldiers and not extradite the other five were contested.

The soldiers, who had previously stated that their life would be in jeopardy once extradited, will now await decisions on their asylum requests in the country.

Ankara has repeatedly demanded the swift extradition of the soldiers and the case had exposed often tense relations between Greece and Turkey, NATO allies at odds over issues from Cyprus to islets and air rights over the Aegean.

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