Turkey’s parliament will respond to U.S. resolutions recognizing the mass killings of Armenians as genocide and calling for sanctions against Turkey over its military operation in Syria, President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday.
Turkey does not recognise the resolution, which has no value to Ankara, Erdoğan said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also slammed the move by saying the decision was “null and void”.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 405-11 in favor of a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote likely to inflame tensions with Turkey.
In a tweet, Çavuşoglu said Turkey had thwarted a “big game” with its offensive into northeastern Syria and that the move by the House was aimed at taking revenge for the operation.
“Those whose projects were frustrated turn to antiquated resolutions. Circles believing that they will take revenge this way are mistaken. This shameful decision of those exploiting history in politics is null and void for our government and people,” Çavuşoğlu wrote on Twitter.
Shortly after the resolution was voted at the U.S. capital, Turkish Foreign Ministry has issued a statement rejecting the resolution. Noting that the resolution is not legally binding and a “meaningless political step,” the ministry said it is only addressed to the Armenian lobby and anti-Turkey groups.
Defense Minister Akar urges to reverse the wrong path
Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was also among the high level officials to criticize U.S. lawmakers to pass two separate resolutions targeting Turkey and said it is against the spirit of NATO alliance.
Akar defended that the Americans who can think freely might prevent the Congress from advancing on a wrong path.