14:52 GMT12 May 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday there is nothing new to announce on the issue of when President Joe Biden intends to recognize the Armenian genocide.

    "There's a great deal of interest in this particular topic, but I'm not going to get ahead of the president and I also don't have anything else to provide from the podium today," Psaki said when asked if Biden is expected to make a formal announcement recognizing the Armenian genocide in the coming days.

    Earlier on Thursday, US media reported that Biden is set to formally recognize the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people in the early 20th century.

    Officials cited in the reports said Biden was expected to describe as genocide the deportation, starvation and massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks starting in 1915.

    In March, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged Biden to recognize the Armenian genocide.

    Former US President Donald Trump avoided the word "genocide" during his term in office.

    Turkey has traditionally rejected accusations of genocide against Armenians and warned the Biden administration that such a move would hurt bilateral relations.

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