Greek PM Tsipras rules out trade-off with Turkey for soldiers’ release

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday ruled out any trade-off with Turkey for the release of two Greek soldiers held by Ankara, Reuters reported. “Turkey looks like a country… at risk of losing its orientation and moving away from its European targets,” Tsipras said. The PM was speaking to lawmakers of his Syriza party. Athens says the soldiers crossed into Turkey by mistake while following the trail of suspected illegal migrants in the bad weather, but Turkish courts have ordered their detention on suspicion of illegal entry and attempted military espionage. Tsipras also noted that he welcomed recent comments by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the ‘need and value’ of peaceful relations with Greece.