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Biden's Armenian genocide call nudges Turkey toward China, Russia

Moscow and Beijing keen to step into vacuum as US switches focus to human rights

WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday described the massacre of Armenians, which began in 1915 under the Ottoman Empire, in present-day Turkey, as "genocide."

Turkey, a long-standing U.S. ally, has vehemently opposed that characterization. Biden's statement appears likely to shake up diplomacy for powers active in the region, including Russia and China.

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