The United States recognizes the 1915 massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
The announcement came on the day that Armenians worldwide mark Genocide Remembrance Day. Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin later said Biden should look at recent American history before criticizing others. Armenians have long referred to the mass killings during World War I as the Armenian genocide. Turkey denies a genocide had taken place, and the United States has refrained from using the term until today.
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