'Sanctions, threats to not deter us from protecting our national security interests,' says Turkey's communications director.
The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favour of recognizing the events of 1915 as the 'Armenian Genocide'. Turkey rejected the resolution and criticised it for being a response to its Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria.
Italian parliament approves a motion to declare 1915 events as ‘genocide’, but Turkey posits the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia as a tragedy for both sides but not genocide.
Turkey denies the alleged Armenian "genocide" but recognises that there were casualties on both sides during the events of World War I.
The two countries have been in talks about a joint declaration on the massacres, although Germany has repeatedly refused to acknowledge the mass killings or pay reparations.
Almost six decades since the term genocide was coined, the ambiguous wording in international law is allowing the issue to be politicised in the absence of objective academic research.
Turkey recalls ambassador as German lawmakers overwhelmingly vote for a symbolic resolution terming the incidents of 1915 a genocide, inviting a serious political confrontation.
European Union Parliament calls 1915 events 'genocide' against Armenians, drawing criticism from Ankara
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