Russia’s recognition of the Armenian genocide strains ties with Turkey

In response to Putin acknowledging the Armenian genocide and going to Armenia to commemorate it, Erdogan and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have lashed out at Russia in unprecedented fashion, accusing Moscow of committing crimes against humanity in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Cenlikely Asia. Russia is currently trying to build a gas pipeline to Europe via Turkey, and the two countries are major tading partners, even though they differ on several international issues. Al-Monitor columnist Semih Idiz writes that Russian-Turkish relations will likely weather the storm, but the Armenian genocide issue shows how volatile they are.


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