Joe Biden’s predecessors as president of the United States avoided using the term “genocide” about the Armenians.
Ankara may suspend the Turkish-American agreement on defense and economic cooperation in response to US President Joe Biden’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Bloomberg, citing sources, reported this on Monday.
According to the agency, the Turkish leadership, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is preparing to connect with Biden’s statement on the day of remembrance of the victims of the events of the early XX century in the Ottoman Empire. As a response, Ankara, in particular, is considering the possibility of suspending the Turkish-American agreement on cooperation in the field of defense and economy, which was concluded in 1980. According to these agreements, the United States provides financial and economic assistance to Turkey, assists, and cooperates in the development and modernization of the Turkish military industry and army.
On Saturday, 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. There has been no official reaction from Erdogan to Biden’s statement to date.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Biden’s statement undermined relations between Washington and Ankara and called on the US president to “correct this serious mistake.” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States a necessary message to the international community. The Turkish government recognizes the mass death of Armenians but opposes the use of the term “genocide” and considers the number of victims, which the Armenian side insists on, to be overstated. According to Ankara, the death of the Armenians was not the result of a purposeful policy of the government but a consequence of the civil war in the Ottoman Empire, the victims of which were also Turks.