Turkey plans to freeze the defense pact with the U.S.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to suspend the agreement with the U.S. on defense and economic cooperation. This was reported by Bloomberg news agency on Monday, April 26.

“Turkey’s president is preparing to convene a cabinet meeting and voice retaliatory measures against the U.S. Among the planned steps is the freezing of a bilateral defense and economic cooperation agreement that allowed the country to cooperate with the United States in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq,” the report said.

It is noted that the decision can be made after U.S. President Joe Biden recognized the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

The agreement on defense and economic cooperation is one of the key elements of states’ defense cooperation. It provides mutual security assistance between the countries. In addition, under the agreement, the U.S. provides financial and economic assistance to Turkey, the publication noted.

Earlier today Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the country considers the statements of U.S. President Joe Biden, who recognized Armenian genocide, illegitimate. The Turkish leader said that the U.S. President made such a decision because of the “radical initiatives of Armenian and anti-Turkish circles.

On April 24, Biden called the events of the early 20th century in the Ottoman Empire the Armenian Genocide. His predecessors as head of state avoided using this term.