Turkey Criticizes Greece for Granting Asylum to Servicemen (Video)

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, left, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu shake hands as they attend the inauguration of the renovated Greek consulate in Izmir, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister has bemoaned Greece’s decision to grant asylum to a group of servicemen who fled to Greece a day after Turkey’s 2016 failed coup.

Mevlut Cavusoglu said that if the tables were reversed, Turkey would never “shelter” coup-plotters acting against Greece.

Cavusoglu made the comments Tuesday during a visit by his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, who was in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir to inaugurate the renovated Greek Consulate building.

Turkey is demanding the extradition of eight servicemen who fled to northern Greece in a military helicopter. Greece’s Supreme Court refused to return them, arguing they wouldn’t get a fair trial and that their lives would be in danger.

Some of them have been granted asylum by Greek courts while others’ requests are still being processed.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, left, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, joke as they attend the inauguration of the renovated Greek consulate in Izmir, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Cavusoglu has bemoaned Greece’s decision to grant asylum to a group of servicemen who fled to Greece a day after Turkey’s 2016 failed coup.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, left, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, joke as they attend the inauguration of the renovated Greek consulate in Izmir, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Cavusoglu has bemoaned Greece’s decision to grant asylum to a group of servicemen who fled to Greece a day after Turkey’s 2016 failed coup.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, centre-left, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, joke as they attend the inauguration of the renovated Greek consulate in Izmir, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Cavusoglu has bemoaned Greece’s decision to grant asylum to a group of servicemen who fled to Greece a day after Turkey’s 2016 failed coup.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, left, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, joke as they attend the inauguration of the renovated Greek consulate in Izmir, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Cavusoglu has bemoaned Greece’s decision to grant asylum to a group of servicemen who fled to Greece a day after Turkey’s 2016 failed coup.(AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)

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