German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (R) and Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg (L) arrive for a press conference following a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin on September 2, 2016. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN
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Germany Friday reiterated that a parliamentary resolution on Turkey's World War I-era massacre of Armenians was non-binding but denied it was distancing itself from the vote to appease Ankara.Seibert rejected as "misleading and wrong" a report by news site Spiegel Online that, by reiterating this point, Merkel's government was seeking to appease Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Turkey has since then denied German lawmakers the right to visit their national troops on the NATO air base of Incirlik, used by Western allies to fight extremists in Syria.There are also fears the rising discord could imperil an EU-Ankara agreement under which Turkey has moved to halt the mass flow of refugees and migrants into Europe.German-Turkish relations have been under strain for some time, with Berlin also speaking out against Turkey's tough line against critical journalists and its Kurdish minority, and the mass arrests after its failed coup in July.
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