Turkey not in hurry with economic sanctions against France
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.26 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Turkey is not in a hurry with economic sanctions against France, as the law criminalising denial of the so called "Armenian genocide" adopted by the country's Senate is not the final decision of Paris on this issue, TRT Haber TV Channel quotes Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan as saying on Thursday.
"Turkey has taken wait-and-see attitude toward issue of economic sanctions against France," he said.
Mr Babacan said Turkey keeps watch on developments over "Armenian genocide" law and the country's further steps will depend on the decision of Paris on this issue.
After eight hours of discussion, the Senate (upper chamber of the French parliament) voted for adoption of the law criminalising denial of the so called "Armenian genocide". Some 127 senators voted for, while 86 against.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was preparing new sanctions against France.
The Lower House of the French Parliament adopted a bill criminalising the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" on Dec.22, 2011
The bill demands about a year's imprisonment and a fine of 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 the bill which aims at criminalising 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 the 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 several countries.