Yildirim comments on Greece's decision not to extradite soldiers over coup

 Yildirim comments on Greece's decision not to extradite soldiers over coup

Turkey respects Greece's decision not to extradite eight soldiers who fled to Greece after last July's attempted coup, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Athens. 

"We would like Greece to extradite those who clearly staged a coup against our nation. We respect the judiciary's decision, but we do not want these putschists to strike a blow to Turkish-Greek relations," Reuters cited Yildirim as saying.

In May, a Greek court blocked a second extradition request by Turkey for the final two soldiers among a group of eight who fled to Greece following the coup attempt, drawing an angry rebuke from Ankara.

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