April 21st, local time, U.S. Biden administration insiders told British media that U.S. President Joe Biden is considering defining the Armenian massacre during Ottoman rule as “genocide.”
Biden is expected to formally recognize the Armenian massacre as “genocide” amid tensions between NATO and Turkey, government insiders said On Thursday.
Reported that April 24 is Armenian Holocaust Remembrance Day, Biden is expected to issue a statement that day to use the word “genocide.”
Relations between Turkey and the United States have been strained in recent years. In December, the United States imposed sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems. Biden has not spoken to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since he took office as U.S. president.
The Armenian massacre took place between 1915 and 1917, when the Ottoman Empire massacred Christian Armenians in its territory, with between 1 and 1.5 million victims. The Turkish government has refused to acknowledge that it was an officially planned massacre.
A total of more than 20 countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Russia and Sweden, have officially recognized it as genocide.