Turkey warns it can recall ambassador from Russia
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 8
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
If needed, Turkey can recall its ambassador from Russia, said Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan May 8.
He made the remarks at a meeting with historians in Ankara, the Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported.
Erdogan also said Ankara can reconsider its relations with Moscow after the Russian president's visit to Yerevan for events marking the centenary of the "Armenian genocide".
The president also expressed dissatisfaction in this regard to Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a phone conversation.
"We have a lot in common with Russia, but Moscow and the whole world have to understand that this issue [so-called Armenian genocide] has a special significance for us," said the president.
Despite Erdogan's calls to visit Turkey for the centenary of the Battle of Canakkale on April 24, the heads of such countries as Russia and France went to Yerevan for the centenary of the "Armenian genocide".
Ankara expressed serious dissatisfaction with the Russian president's visit to Yerevan on April 24.
Commenting on the visit of the heads of France and Russia, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said this decision casts doubt on the neutrality of the Minsk Group of the OSCE.
Edited by SI
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