Katrougalos: Athens must stick to ‘legal aspects’ for soldiers arrested by Turkey

The government is dealing with the issue of the two Greek soldiers arrested in Turkey with cool headedness, Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos said in an interview with Athens-Macedonian News Agency radio “Praktoreio 104.9FM” on Monday, ahead of the two soldiers’ trial in Edirne later the same day.

“The charges pressed by the prosecutor reflect reality so, if things go as they should, corresponding to the real facts, the matter should be resolved smoothly,” said Katrougalos, adding that the Greek Consul in Edirne has secured legal representation for the arrested servicemen.

The minister underlined that the Greek side must keep things low-key. “We must stick to the legal aspects of the case,” he noted, because if things were treated in accordance with the facts, there was no other political dimension to the case. Referring to the Turkish side’s stance and whether Greece should remain cautious, he noted “it is not in the national interest to highlight cases of this kind, which risk becoming self-fulfilling prophecies. We should strive to keep things low-key.”

The two soldiers, who were carrying out a routine patrol along the border with Turkey in Evros, were arrested in Turkish territory on Thursday after they strayed across the Turkish border and ran into a Turkish patrol.