Turkish envoy urges swift return of coup asylum seekers from Greece

Greek police vehicles encircle a Turkish military helicopter at Alexandroupolis airport on July 16, 2016 after it landed carrying eight officers seeking asylum after a coup bid in TurkeyTurkey’s ambassador on Tuesday urged Greece to swiftly return eight military officers who fled across the border after last week’s failed coup, warning the affair could harm bilateral relations. If the affair “is resolved swiftly and they are returned as swiftly as possible, that could turn into something very positive for our bilateral relations,” Turkish ambassador Kerim Uras told reporters in Athens. “But if that’s not the case, I fear it will not help at all, and that the public mood (in Turkey) will be affected,” Uras said.

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