"Tensions in relations with Greece directly concern an issue relevant for Turkish-German relations. I mean Greece’s decision not to extradite Turkish officers involved in the coup attempt. I think that this issue will be raised during the upcoming visit of Merkel as a similar situation takes place in Germany, where 40 Turkish NATO officers, charged over treason in Turkey, have requested asylum," Gulpinar said.
The Greek Supreme Court decided on January 26 that eight officers, who flew to Greece by a helicopter on July 16, cannot expect a fair trial in Turkey and therefore released them from custody with permission to travel freely within the Greek borders.
On July 15, 2016, a military coup attempt took place in Turkey. Ankara accused Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers of playing a key role in the coup. Since July, Turkey has arrested hundreds of military personnel, activists and journalists on suspicion of links with Gulen.