ATHENS (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, following a coup attempt in Turkey, a helicopter with eight alleged coup supporters on board landed in Alexandroupolis. Turkey asked Greece to return them. The Greek authorities replied that they will return the helicopter but will apply general procedure to the detained passengers who intend to ask for asylum in the country.
The coup attempt was reportedly suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters were identified and would be apprehended as the country was returning to normal life. Over 180 people were killed and 1,470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have already been detained, according to the prime minister.
The problem of the Muslim minority is one of the most difficult issues in relations between Greece and Turkey.