Turkey suspends migrant readmission deal with Greece

Via Hurriyet Daily News – Turkey has suspended the migrant readmission deal with Greece in response to a Greek court’s decision to release eight former Turkish servicemen who fled to the country one day after Turkey’s July 2016 coup attempt, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on June 6.

Asked whether Ankara is considering sanctions against Greece following the release of the eight soldiers Çavuşoğlu described the move as “unacceptable.”

“Greece is under immense pressure, particularly its judiciary, from the West,” he added.

“We have a refugee deal with the EU and we have a readmission agreement with Greece. We have suspended the deal with Greece,” Çavuşoğlu said.

The readmission deal allows the return of “irregular migrants” to Turkey from Greece in exchange for Syrian refugees to be relocated within the EU.

This article was published by Hurriyet Daily News