Turkey imposes sanctions against France
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.22 / Trend, A.Taghiyeva /
Turkey imposes sanctions against France, the first phase of which includes termination of all bilateral visits in the economy, energy and military spheres, TRT Haber TV channel quotes Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.
Along with it, all the political relations with France will also be frozen.
Turkey also cancels all military exercises with France and refuses to permit the French warships to enter Turkey's ports.
On the other hand, Turkey will not participate in the two countries' consultations in economy, energy and trade.
Erdogan said it is just the first step and new sanctions are possible.
Erdogan also stressed that relations between Turkey and France have become a victim of President Nicolas Sarkozy's pre-election campaign and political settlements.
Erdogan said the pre-election campaign in France has elements of Nazism, separatism and Islamophobia.
Criminal punishment for denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" contradicts the principles of democracy and will harm to relations between the two countries, Erdogan said.
On Thursday, the French parliament adopted a bill criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian Genocide".
Some 45 out of 577 French MPs participated in the voting, 38 of which voted for, while 7 voted against the adoption of the bill.
The bill envisages about one year imprisonment and a fine worth 45,000 euros for denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
MPs from the French President's "Union for Popular Movement" (UMP) party which has the parliamentary majority, proposed a bill which aims at criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" to the legislative committee of the National Assembly in early December.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of Turkey - Ottoman Empire had committed the 1915 genocide against the Armenians living in Anadolu, and achieved recognition of the "Armenian Genocide" by the parliaments of some countries.