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Turkey Condemns Putin for Calling 1915 Armenian Massacre a 'Genocide'

ISTANBUL — Turkey said Friday that it rejected and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide.

"Considering the mass killings, exiles … that Russia has carried out in the Caucasus, Central Asia and in eastern Europe over the past century … we think it should be the one that knows best what a genocide is and what its legal dimensions are," a foreign ministry statement said.

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