Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday, within the scope of the NATO Summit held in Brussels. In a press conference after their two-hour meeting, the Greek Premier raised the issue of the detention of the two Greek military officers in the prisons of Edirne. On the other hand, Mr. Erdoğan referred to the issue of the eight Turkish officers that claimed asylum in Greece after the coup of July 2016.

Mr. Tsipras stressed that he has already explained to the Turkish President that these two issues cannot be connected, and that Greece does not ask a favor but wants the procedures to move forward, adding that since the Greek military officers have not committed an offence, they should be tried and return to their families. In addition, the Greek Premier presented evidence showing that Turkey’s unlawful behavior in the Aegean has increased, and stressed that both of them have agreed to try decrease the tension in the Aegean.