18:15 GMT06 March 2021
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    Dozens of people gathered outside the German parliament in Berlin on Thursday to celebrate the decision by German lawmakers to recognize the Armenian genocide.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The resolution recognizing the 1915-1916 genocide by the Ottoman Empire, now Turkey, was passed by a landslide vote with only one lawmaker opposing.

    Footage from a central square in front of the Bundestag showed people dancing in a circle. The mob spotted flags of Armenia, Greece and YPG, a Kurdish militia in Syria deemed terrorists by Ankara.

    The vote is likely to strain relations between Germany and Turkey, which rejects the labelling of World War I-era killings as genocide, at the time of intensive EU-Ankara talks on how to curb the migrant flow to Europe.

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    Armenian Genocide, crimes against humanity, genocide, Bundestag, Turkey, Armenia, Germany
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