The President of the United States, the Democrat Joe Biden, plans to acknowledge the genocide of the Armenian people despite the risk of straining relations with Turkey, according to US media reports.

Biden It plans to make the recognition this Saturday, when the 106th anniversary of the start of the genocide against 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, although according to sources consulted by the media, it could still back down.

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If confirmed, Biden would become the first president in the history of the United States in recognizing the genocide, although the ex-president Ronald Reagan made an allusion to this in 1981 in a statement on the Holocaust.

Recognition is something that Biden he had promised to do during the last electoral campaign.

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In 2019, both houses of the US Legislature approved resolutions recognizing genocide for the first time, a movement that infuriated Turkey, which denies it and has always been hostile against such statements.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan then warned that “if necessary” he could order the closure of the US Incirlik air base, which has played an important role in the Pentagon’s operations in Syria.

“It is very important for both sides that the United States does not take irreparable steps in relations”said Erdogan, who also warned that he would take “reciprocal” measures.

However, the then US president, Donald Trump, who maintained a good relationship with Erdogan, did not take the witness of the Legislative and managed to prevent the blood with Turkey from reaching the river.

The United States has so far been reluctant to recognize the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as a genocide so as not to harm relations with Turkey, the heir state to the Ottoman Empire and Washington’s partner in NATO.

Turkey, which denies the Armenian genocide and speaks of “regrettable excesses”, has been hostile against those who recognize it internationally, such as France or Germany.

On France, in 2019 Erdogan said that “those who want to lecture Turkey on human rights, democracy, the Armenian problem and the fight against terrorism have a bloody history”, accusing Paris of being responsible for the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

In 2011, the French Parliament had passed a bill punishing denial of the Armenian genocide, which led to Turkey suspending political and military relations with France.

And in 2016 the German Parliament passed a resolution in which it recognized the Armenian genocide, which opened a diplomatic crisis between Berlin and Ankara.

Pope Francis, a year earlier, explicitly referred to the Armenian as the “first genocide of the 20th century.”

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