Putin joins Austria to name 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide

Yerevan (KDN) – President of Russia Vladimir Putin has joined the world leaders and governments who have named the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks genocide, just one day after the Austrian parliament issued a similar declaration.

“April 24, 1915, is a mournful date, related to one of the most horrendous and dramatic events in human history, the genocide of the Armenian people,” Putin said in a letter to the World Without Genocide commemorative event, the text of which was also posted on the Kremlin website.

Putin and French President François Hollande are expected to join the commemorations in Yerevan today to mark the 100th anniversary of the genocide.

“One hundred years on, we are bowing our heads in memory for all the victims of this tragedy, which in our country has always been perceived as our own pain and misfortune,” Putin said.

“The international community should do all it can to prevent similar atrocities from happening ever again in the world,” he stressed.