Pentagon: Biden's provocation not to affect U.S.- Turkey military relationship

Pentagon: Biden's provocation not to affect U.S.- Turkey military relationship

U.S. President Joe Biden's provocation, when he used the "Armenian genocide" term promoted by Armenian nationalists in relation to the tragic events in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, will not affect the military relationship between the United States and Turkey, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said.

"We don’t anticipate any change in the military relationship with Turkey," Kirby told reporters on Monday.

The spokesperson stressed that Turkey remains a vital NATO ally and noted also that Biden’s announcement will not impact joint operations in Syria.

Turkey, which traditionally rejects the assertions of genocide, has repeatedly warned the Biden administration that such a move by the United States would hurt bilateral relations, Eurasian Times reported.

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