Turkey, a US regional ally and NATO member, has slammed the move as “political opportunism.” It is the first time that the United States has used the term to refer to the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915. The United States recognizes the 1915 massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide, President Joe Biden said in a statement on Saturday. The announcement came on the day that Armenians worldwide mark Genocide Remembrance Day. “We remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring,” said Biden. “And we remember, so that we remain ever-vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms … The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today … We affirm the history. We do this not to cast blame but to ensure that what happened is never repeated,” he added.