YEREVAN, April 24. /ARKA/. Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement
on Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Empire will not affect implementation
of joint energy projects with Russia, Novosti-Armenia quoted Turkish
Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz referring to
RIA Novosti.

Yesterday, in his address to participants of The World without
Genocide event, Putin called April 24, 2015 'a mournful date that is
connected with one of the most horrible events in the human history -
the genocide of Armenian people'.

Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that he has
discussed possible diplomatic steps by Ankara in connection with the
Russian president's statement.

He also added that participation of Russian and French presidents
in the events dedicated to the centenary of Armenian Genocide calls
into question these countries' impartiality in OSCE Minsk Group on
Karabakh conflict settlement.

Dmitry Peskov, the Russian leader's spokesman, said earlier that
Putin's visit to Armenia on April 24 for the events dedicated to
the 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Empire will
not damage Russian-Turkish relations, particularly construction of
Turkish Stream gas pipeline.

he said.

This year Armenia marks the 100 anniversary of Armenian Genocide
committed in Turkey in 2015. The Armenian Genocide was the first
genocide of the twentieth century.

According to Armenian and many other historians, up to 1.5 million
Armenians were killed starting in 1915 in a systematic campaign by
the government of Turkey.

Turkey has been denying it for decades. The Armenian genocide was
recognized by tens of countries.

The first was Uruguay that did so in 1965. Other nations are Russia,
France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia,
Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela,
Argentina, 43 U.S. states.

It was recognized also by the Vatican, the European Parliament,
the World Council of Churches and other international organizations.

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