US President Biden on Saturday (April 24) defined the Ottoman Empire’s massacre of Armenians in the early 20th century as genocide. Turkey strongly condemned this and summoned the US ambassador to protest.
According to reports, Biden said in the Armenian Holocaust Remembrance Day statement on that day: “On this day of each year, we commemorate all those who died in the genocide against Armenians during the Ottoman Empire and are committed to avoiding such atrocities again. occur.”
Biden was the first US president to use the word “genocide” in the Armenian Holocaust Remembrance Day statement. The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement strongly condemning it, accusing the United States of acknowledging that the Armenian genocide had no legal basis and would seriously damage bilateral relations.
After the outbreak of the First World War, the Turkish Ottoman Empire believed that the Christian Armenians in the territory “collaborated with the enemy” and helped the hostile country Russia. From 1915 to 1917, the Armenians were massacred, killing 1.5 million people. Turkey still denies that it has slaughtered Armenians.