The Turkish diplomat was summoned to the German foreign Ministry for explanations


A senior Turkish diplomat was invited to the foreign Ministry of Germany to discuss Ankara’s reaction to the resolution of the German Parliament on the recognition of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire during the First world war, according to Reuters.

“During the discussion highlighted the traditionally close and trusting relations between Germany and Turkey. In addition, during the meeting it was stated that recent comments in the German legislators do not meet this level and were greeted with incomprehension,” — explained the Agency official of the German foreign Ministry.

Sunday, June 5, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the Bundestag, formerly recognized the Armenian genocide. He stated that by adopting the resolution, Germany is behaving hypocritically, given her own history. In addition, the Turkish President said that the Bundestag deputies of Turkish origin voted for the resolution on recognition of the Armenian genocide, “have stained my blood and they should test it in the lab.”

Erdogan publicly said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the charges strange. “Without exception, the members of the lower house of the German Parliament freely elected, and accusations and statements that were made by the Turkish side, strange,” — said Merkel.

In recent months, relations between Turkey and the EU were the center of attention in connection with attempts to resolve the crisis situation with the refugees. Turkey demanded guarantees for the acceleration of the integration process with the EU and visa-free regime. On 2 June, the Bundestag adopted a resolution which recognized as genocide the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Turkey, successor of the Ottoman Empire, claims that the killings of Armenians during the First world war were not their purposeful destruction and should not be called genocide.

Immediately after the adoption of the resolution, Turkey recalled its Ambassador from Germany, followed a call by Berlin its attorney in Ankara. On Tuesday, June 7, the Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in response to a resolution of the Bundestag will be taken.