Turkey discussing ‘countermeasures’ against Berlin after Armenian Genocide vote

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Turkey is discussing “countermeasures” against Germany after its lawmakers voted to label the 1915 mass killings of Armenians an act of genocide, a Turkish official said on Wednesday, adding Berlin should distance itself from the resolution, Reuters reports.

The official, who was speaking to members of the foreign media in Istanbul, also said that discussions with the European Union to resolve an impasse over visa-free travel for Turks to the bloc were “on the right track”.

German lawmakers this month overwhelmingly voted to endorse the resolution, infuriating Turkey.

“Countermeasures are being discussed,” the official said, declining to be identified. He did not give any details about what kind of measures Ankara could take.

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