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Briefing on Greek soldiers detained in Turkey

Briefing on Greek soldiers detained in Turkey

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08 March 2018

The detention of two Greek soldiers for crossing the border has revealed Turkey’s increasingly assertive stance on issues of national sovereignty

  • Greece and Turkey are now embroiled in a series of extradition disputes over citizens held under their respective jurisdictions
  • The incident comes at a time of sensitivity around the two countries’ national borders, with growing tension in both the Aegean and East Mediterranean Seas
  • An assertive stance on such issues has added to the Turkish government’s nationalist credentials

Two Greek soldiers remain in Turkish custody after crossing the border on March 2. The soldiers, a sergeant and a lieutenant, were detained by a Turkish army patrol near Pazarkule before being taken to the provincial gendarmerie command in Erdine. The Greek government has demanded that the pair be released immediately…

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