The German Parliament recognized officially the Armenian massacres as genocide and this created a political tsunami. Turkey has now announced that they are recalling their ambassador from Berlin for consultations.


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Shortly after Germany decided to recognize the Armenian massacres as genocide and caused much anger in Turkey, the Turkish government instructed to recall their ambassador from Berlin in order to hold consultations.

“The one who is responsible for the decision is the racist Armenian lobby in Germany,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stated. The Turkish Foreign Minister also stated that the German decision is “irresponsible and baseless.”

On the other hand, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that relations between Germany and Turkey are strong and good, stressing that there has been no change regarding German policy towards Turkey.

Earlier today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the decision will have consequences, even if it is a symbolic decision. Ankara is opposed to various governments around the world classifying the Armenian massacres during World War I as genocide. A Turkish government spokesman stated that the German decision was a “historic mistake.”