Erdogan called Biden’s statement “unfair, unjust and contradictory to history. In politician’s opinion, Washington made a decision on recognizing Armenian genocide under the influence of “radical initiatives of Armenian and anti-Turkish circles”.
He recalled that Turkey had earlier proposed the creation of a joint commission within the framework of which historical scholars could jointly analyze the events of a century ago. “We are ready to open the archives. We have documents about 1915. Come and study them. But will the United States open documents about its history?” – he noted.
Biden officially recognized the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire on Saturday, April 24. The gesture was timed to coincide with Armenian Genocide Memorial Day. In his statement, the American leader said that those who commemorate the victims of the massacres on this day pledge “to prevent such atrocities from happening again.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded by saying that Ankara totally rejects the US President’s wording about recognizing genocide. In his opinion, such remarks by Biden are “entirely and entirely” based on populism.