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

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Posted: Apr 27, 2015 8:59 AM

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)