The foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the Russian media is led by a group of Armenians, and the German press is not free. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, such statements the Minister made in an interview with Turkish broadcaster TRT Haber.
According to Cavusoglu, the Armenians occupied key positions in the Russian media and trying to spoil relations between Russia and Turkey. “They are trying very hard to incite the Russian people against the Turkish people, but, as we have seen, are not very good at it,” he said.
Coverage of the attack on the Turkish air force Russian su-24 bomber the Minister called “black propaganda”. He also criticized the press in Germany, where last week a resolution was adopted on the recognition of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. “In Germany there is no free media,” — said Cavusoglu. He thought it strange that the German Newspapers of different political orientation came out with similar headlines against President Recep Erdogan.
Relations between Berlin and Ankara deteriorated after 2 June, the German Parliament adopted a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide during the First world war. In protest, Turkey recalled its Ambassador to Germany for consultation.
Relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Turkish air force was shot down on the border with Syria, a Russian bomber, who took part in the Syrian operation, it occurred on 24 November 2015. Ankara claimed that the Russian side violated the airspace of Turkey, but the Russian side insisted that the plane never left the Syrian skies.
President Vladimir Putin called the attack on su-24 “stab in the back” and demanded apologies and explanations of what happened. Ankara stated that she has nothing to apologize for, and after that Russia has imposed against Turkey sanctions. They include, inter alia, a ban on imports of some Turkish vegetable, fruit and poultry, the Turkish companies are not allowed to perform in Russia certain types of works and services, Russian tour operators are forbidden to sell trips to Turkey.