US President Joe Biden’s declaration that massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, Turkey considers "simply outrageous", and will respond in the coming months. This was stated on Sunday by Ibrahim Kalin, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman and adviser, Reuters reports.
“There will be a reaction of different forms and kinds and degrees in coming days and months,” Ibrahim Kalin said.
Kalin did not specify whether Ankara would restrict US access to the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, which has been used to support the international coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, among measures it may take.
According to him, Erdogan will consider the issue after a cabinet meeting on Monday.
“At a time and place that we consider to be appropriate, we will continue to respond to this very unfortunate, unfair statement,” Kalin said.
Earlier, the US President Joe Biden officially recognized the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. Biden became the first US president in 40 years to publicly recognize the actions of the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century as genocide.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Joe Biden, stating that this undermines relations between Washington and Ankara.