Turkey supported Azerbaijan within the battle final yr, through which Azeri forces seized swathes of land within the Nagorno-Karabakh area. Azeri officers have criticised Biden’s assertion, whereas Armenian officers have praised it.
Erdogan additionally contested the dying toll from the 1915 killings and mentioned some 150,000 folks had been killed, versus the roughly 1.5 million folks Armenia says have been killed, including the toll was “exaggerated by including a zero to the tip”.
Turkey accepts that many Christian Armenians dwelling within the Ottoman Empire have been killed in clashes with Ottoman forces throughout World Battle I, nevertheless it contests the figures and denies that the killings have been systematically orchestrated or represent a genocide.
Ankara and Washington have been struggling to restore ties strained in recent times over a number of points, together with Turkey’s buy of Russian defence methods which resulted in US sanctions, coverage variations in Syria and authorized issues.
On Sunday, Erdogan’s spokesman and nationwide safety adviser Ibrahim Kalin advised Reuters the assertion was “merely outrageous” and Turkey will reply over the approaching months.
Talking to reporters in Ankara, the speaker of Turkey’s parliament, Mustafa Sentop, mentioned MPs would reply to Biden’s remarks on Wednesday.
Turkey’s authorities and many of the opposition have proven a uncommon unity of their rejection of Biden’s assertion.
Erdogan mentioned he anticipated to “open the door for a brand new interval” in ties and to debate all disputes with Biden at a NATO summit in June, however warned that ties would deteriorate additional except the allies can compartmentalise points.
“We now have to put apart our disagreements and take a look at what steps we are able to take any further, in any other case we can have no alternative however to do what’s required by the extent our ties have fallen to on April 24,” he mentioned.