The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned Germany's decision to accept the asylum applications of former Turkish military personnel affiliated with the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which perpetrated the July 15 failed coup attempt.
The ministry, in a statement, said Germany has disregarded democratic principles by welcoming coup perpetrators and that the decision was "condemned regretfully."
Saying that with this development Germany put bilateral relations at risk, the statement added, "Germany's decision [to welcome coup perpetrators] despite all evidence proving their FETÖ-links contradicts the spirit of alliance and damages multidimensional relations."
The ministry urged Germany to review its decision, which contradicts cooperation in the fields of defense and security. It added that the country should support Turkey's struggle against FETÖ and other terrorist groups.
Run by its U.S.-based leader, Fetullah Gülen, FETÖ sought to topple Turkey's democratically elected government and seize power on July 15 with a military coup and impose martial law.
The attempt was prevented by military troops loyal to the government, along with police units and millions of Turkish citizens marching in favor of democracy.
At least 248 people, mostly civilians, were killed by pro-coup soldiers, while another 2,000 were injured.
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