The US Ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry after US President Joe Biden recognized the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire in the early twentieth century. This was reported on Sunday by the Reuters news agency, citing a statement from the country's Foreign Ministry.
According to him, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey told the US Ambassador that the statement of the United States has no legal basis and that Ankara вЂњrejects it, considers it unacceptable and strongly condemns it.вЂќ
Earlier on Saturday, Biden called the events of the early 20th century in the Ottoman Empire вЂњthe Armenian Genocide.вЂќ Biden's predecessors as head of state avoided using the term.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Biden's statement undermines relations between Washington and Ankara, and called on the US president to вЂњ correct this serious mistake.вЂќ
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 вЂњgenocideвЂќ 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.