On 2 June, the German Parliament, despite the protests of Turkey, approved a resolution recognizing as genocide the mass extermination of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1916, reports the BBC.
The draft resolution, drawn up by the social Democrats, the Christian democratic Union and «Green», was supported by all other parties.
The Turkish authorities refuse to call the Armenian massacres a genocide and denying that the victims of the atrocities of the Ottoman Empire began a half million people.
The Prime Minister of Turkey called the vote in the Bundestag «absurdity» and «test of friendship» between the two countries.
Media noted that Germany chose a strange time to recognize the Armenian genocide, given that Europe needs the help of Turkey in the solution to the immigration crisis.