22:48 GMT05 July 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Senate has joined the House of Representatives in passing a resolution to recognise the killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

    The Senate passed the resolution, which expresses "the sense of the Senate that it is the policy of the United States to commemorate the Armenian Genocide through official recognition and remembrance," according to the text submitted to Congress.

    Senator Ted Cruz, one of several co-sponsors of the resolution drafted by Senator Bob Menendez, welcomed the passage of the legislation.

    “This is the third week in a row we have come to the Senate floor seeking to pass this resolution. And I’m grateful that today we have succeeded. The Menendez-Cruz resolution affirms US recognition of the Armenian genocide," Cruz said.

    The World War I-era genocide has been already recognised by Russia, some EU states as well as by the World Council of Churches. At the beginning of this year, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country would make April 24 a Day of Armenian Genocide Remembrance. 

    Turkey has repeatedly denied accusations of carrying out mass murders of Armenians, saying that both Turks and Armenians were victims of the tragedy that happened in 1915-1917. 

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    Armenian genocide, Armenia, United States
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