Erdogan reacts to Biden’s statements on Armenian genocide

Turkey considers the statements of U.S. President Joe Biden, who recognized the Armenian genocide, as unlawful. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said this on April 26 after a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

The Turkish leader said the U.S. president recognized the genocide because of “radical initiatives of Armenian and anti-Turkish circles.”

“These are wrongful, unjust and contrary to history words. They upset us. These words have no historical or legal basis,” NTV quoted Erdogan as saying.

Moreover, the Turkish president recalled the initiative to create a commission of historians, who would study the events of a century ago, and noted that no response had been received from the U.S.

“We are ready to open the archives. We have documents about 1915. Come and study. But will the U.S. open documents about its history?” – concluded the Turkish leader.

On April 24, Biden called the events of the early 20th century in the Ottoman Empire “the Armenian genocide.” Biden’s predecessors as head of state avoided using the term.

The next day David Satterfield, U.S. Ambassador to Ankara, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Turkey, where the agency strongly protested against U.S. President Joe Biden’s official recognition of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, the Ottoman Empire persecuted the Armenian population. According to some historians, in 1915 over 1.5 million Armenians were killed. More than 20 countries have recognized the fact of genocide, Ankara rejects the term “genocide”, claiming that in those years there was a fratricidal war and each side of the conflict suffered great losses.