Turkish Vatan party called at a rally in Ankara to close U.S. military bases in Turkey and recognize Crimea as Russian in response to U.S. President Joe Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. It was announced on Monday, April 26.
“We appeal to the government. Biden’s attack cannot be answered with words. Taking action is mandatory. For the recognition of Crimea and Abkhazia, as well as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, diplomatic contacts should be initiated with Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan,” said Ozgur Bursali, the general secretary of the Turkish party.
The Vatan leader also said that the U.S. military bases at Incirlik and Kurecik should be immediately placed under full control of the Turkish Armed Forces. U.S. troops should be sent to their country within 15 days, the party’s secretary general said.
On April 25, U.S. Ambassador to Ankara David Satterfield 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.
Earlier, on April 24, Biden had called the events of the early 20th century in the Ottoman Empire “the Armenian genocide.” Biden’s predecessors had avoided using the term.