ND leader Mitsotakis asks for immediate return of Greek soldiers by Turkey

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday asked for the immediate release of the two Greek soldiers being held in Turkey, sending a message that Turkey should avoid actions that undermine good neighbourly relations.

Speaking to expatriates in New York, Mitsotakis said that “we have noticed an increase in Turkish provocations in the Aegean,” which, he said, was unacceptable. “We are also very worried by the recent incident where two Greek soldiers have been detained in a high security prison because they accidentally entered Turkish territory. I ask again from Turkey to release as soon as possible the two Greek soldiers. If we want to focus on good neighbourly relations, we need to be sure that we are not involved in actions that trigger tension between the two countries. If we want to upgrade relations between us, Turkey should avoid actions that undermine good neighbourly relations,” Mitsotakis stressed.

ND leader sent the message that Greece will soon change, stressing the need for unity. As he noted, the political debate in Greece is becoming overly toxic for his taste, with personal interests trumping national interests in a way that, as he pointed out, was not healthy for the country.