Biden challenges Erdogan,

From our correspondent
Washington




Joe Biden relates these events, with Turkey fiercely fighting over reconstruction: “Every year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Armenian Genocide, during the Ottoman Empire. This forces us to commit themselves so that these atrocities do not happen again. On April 24, 1915 they began arresting Armenian thinkers and leaders of the Armenian community in Constantinople by the Ottoman authorities. One and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or led on long marches to their death in the process of extermination. The Turkish response was immediate. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter: “We completely reject these statements. We have nothing to learn about our past. Political opportunism is the greatest betrayal of peace and justice. ”

On Friday April 23, Biden spoke by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But in the White House report on the call there is no reference to Armenia. Also from Ankara, they reported that the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and NATO. In any case, Biden and Erdogan have agreed to meet on the sidelines of the NATO summit, scheduled for June 14 in Brussels. Relations between the two countries, already complicated, could now become a problem for NATO. In Washington, anger over Erdogan’s activity in the “Greater Middle East”, from Syria to Libya, is growing steadily. Moreover, he does not like the ambiguity of relations with Vladimir Putin that the Turkish president has shown. However, at the same time, Turkey remains an indispensable protector of NATO in the Mediterranean. It is also for this reason that American administrations have always refused to recognize the Armenian Holocaust, as have 29 countries, including Italy. Plus Pope Francis. The last US president to talk about was Ronald Reagan in 1981. Then the topic was introduced in the name of political realism. Thus, Biden’s exit also represents a rupture of the United States’ political-diplomatic doctrine.

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