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Turkey's Erdogan criticises Putin over Armenian "genocide" comments

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a Peace Summit ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, in Istanbul April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Russia should account for its actions in Ukraine and Crimea before calling the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a “genocide”.

“It’s not the first time Russia used the word genocide on this issue. I’m personally sad that Putin took such a step. What is happening in Ukraine and Crimea is evident. They should firstly explain these before calling it genocide,” he told a news conference in Ankara.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Nick Tattersall

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