THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the Greek soldiers detained Turkey (all times local):
Turkey’s state-run news agency says a Turkish court has ordered two Greek soldiers arrested for allegedly entering a Turkish military zone and on suspicion of attempted espionage.
Greece said Friday that the two soldiers on patrol at the Greek-Turkish border had accidentally strayed into Turkey because of bad weather.
Anadolu Agency reports that a court in Edirne, in northwestern Turkey, ordered the pair arrested after they were questioned.
Greece says two of its soldiers on patrol on the Greek-Turkish border accidentally strayed into Turkey and have been taken to the city of Edirne by Turkish authorities.
The Greek army said Friday the two-man patrol strayed into Turkish territory on Thursday because of bad weather, and that Greek and Turkish authorities were in contact with each other and were undertaking procedures for the two to be returned to Greece.
Most of the Greek-Turkish border is marked by a river, and a fence runs along much of the land section. Some parts, however, aren’t clearly marked, and the area where the soldiers strayed was reportedly in woodland.
Although NATO allies, relations between Greece and Turkey are often strained.