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    Two of the eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in a helicopter and requested political asylum after a failed military coup against the government, are brought to prosecutor by two policemen in the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis, Greece, July 17, 2016.

    Turkish Soldiers Who Fled to Greece After Coup Planned to Escape to Russia

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    Eight Turkish soldiers, who fled the country after the July coup attempt, initially considered the possibility of escaping to Russia or Ukraine instead of Greece, Anadolu reported Tuesday, citing a source in Turkey's Prosecutor's office.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — The Anadolu news agency said referring to Turkey's new extradition request, sent to Greece, that the servicemen abandoned plans to escape to Russia due to the start of the Ankara-Moscow relations normalization, while Ukraine's option was scrapped because of the political instability in the country.

    On January 26, the Greek Supreme Court ruled against Turkey's extradition request, stating that the servicemen, who fled there on July 16, 2016, cannot expect a fair trial in Turkey. Following the court's ruling, the Turkish Foreign Ministry argued that Greece was not taking "even minimum measures to combat terrorism," adding that the Greek court's decision opened "the way for impunity."

    The July 15 Turkish military coup attempt has been blamed by Ankara on Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in the United States since 1999, and his followers. Since July, Turkey has arrested hundreds of military personnel, activists and journalists on suspicion of links with Gulen.

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