America's Biden Almost Punches Turkish President In The Face

 President Joe Biden gave Turkish President Recep Erdogan an awkward fist bump on Monday ahead of their private sit down amid tense relations between the two nations.


Erdogan made it clear he will let Biden know how the president's recent statement on the Armenian genocide 'disturbed and upset us' during their one-on-one meeting.

'An ally country taking such a stance on an issue that has nothing to do with NATO, the issue of Armenians, has disturbed and upset us. It is not possible to go on without reminding (Biden of) this,' Erdogan said in comments before traveling to the summit.

He said he would also raise the White House recognition of the 1915 massacres of Armenians during the then Ottoman Empire as 'genocide.' 

Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces in World War One, but denies the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute genocide. After years of debate in Washington, the White House in April released a statement on the historical event that resulted in the deaths of 1.5 million. 

Biden and Erdogan spoke during the plenary session of the NATO meeting, huddle together as the leaders gathered for the opening session of the summit. The Turkish president rubbed Biden's arm as they spoke at length in a group of roughly half a dozen people.


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