U.S.' language of threat will not work against Turkey - Turkish spokesperson

France had a role in arming Armenians and massacring Turks a century ago, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy on Friday, Daily Sabah reported.

Aksoy criticised French President Emmanuel Macron for his decision to declare April 24 as the day to commemorate the Armenian genocide.

"The administration in France is not aware of the gravity of this step. France bears responsibility in the massacres against Turks by arming Armenians. They are after building up an agenda through Armenians," Daily Sabah quoted Aksoy as saying.

Aksoy did not provide any details about the massacres against Turks and France’s role.

Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One, but contests the figures and denies the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute genocide. It also says Armenian groups massacred Turks during the conflict.

The spokesman once more repeated Turkey's position with regards the planned safe zone near the Syria-Turkey border. Aksoy said the zone needed to be controlled by Turkey, and 32-kilometers deep into Syria's territory.

"We carry out our payments regularly, our pilots are receiving training there and we will not back down from this.," Aksoy said on F-35 project. 

Due to the decision taken by Ankara to purchase Russian S-400 batteries, the U.S. administration stated publicly that Turkey is risking to face an expulsion from the project.

Aksoy said: "We see that the U.S. administration has restarted the use of threatening language but we've seen it before it does not work."

https://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2019/04/26/turkey-expects-concrete-steps-from-us-on-ypg-mfa-spox