Gov’t council discusses case of two Greek soldiers held in Turkey, Greek economy

Greek and Turkish ministers are in contact over the case of two Greek soldiers held in Turkey since last Thursday, in order to avert the case’s becoming a diplomatic incident, official sources said following a government council meeting on Tuesday.

According to the sources, the Greek government is awaiting developments on the Turkish side and will intervene at the corresponding level as necessary, not excluding contact between leaders.

(The two Greek soldiers were arrested by the neighboring country’ authorities after crossing into Turkish territory when on patrol at the northeastern borders. They are held in Edirne until their trial.)

Among other issues, the government council discussed the issue of Turkish aggression in the Aegean, especially in relation to drilling in the Cypriot EEZ, and the Greek economy, especially the disbursement of the next loan tranche and the completion of the fourth program review as the country prepares to exit its bailout programs in August.