Erdogan Urges Biden to Reverse Armenian Genocide Recognition, Warns of 'Destructive Impact' on Ties | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Erdogan Urges Biden to Reverse Armenian Genocide Recognition, Warns of 'Destructive Impact' on Ties

Turkey has historically rejected the use of the term genocide to describe the events that unfolded in the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century, insisting that its government never intended to deliberately kill the Armenian people, but was simply responding to their rebellion.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that Ankara is "disappointed" by the decision of US President Joe Biden to recognise the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide, and urged Washington to backtrack on the decision. Erdogan warned the US that the recent statements by its president will have a "destructive impact", serving no purpose other than hindering bilateral ties.

The president cautioned the US against politicising the historical events, stressing that historians, and not politicians, should determine how to label them. He further alleged that the "radical initiatives of Armenian and anti-Turkish circles" are behind Biden's decision to recognise the genocide.

"US President Biden made statements earlier. These are groundless claims that contradict history", Erdogan said.

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