Erdogan slams Biden ‘groundless’ 1915 Armenia declaration 

Turkey’s President Erdogan has condemned Joe Biden’s “genocide” label of the 1915 Armenian events, labeling Biden’s declaration as “groundless” and called for the United States to reverse the “wrong steps.” 

“The US president has made comments that are groundless and unfair,” Erdogan said in televised remarks on Monday, warning that they could have a “destructive impact” on Turkish-US ties.

“We believe that these comments were included in the declaration following pressure from radical Armenian groups and anti-Turkish circles. But this situation does not reduce the destructive impact of these comments.”

Turkey believes the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in many casualties. 

Turkey rejects the incidents being labeled as “genocide” describing them as a tragedy and noting both sides suffered casualties

 

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