- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution recognizing the genocide, which Ankara denies, and passed a bill aiming to impose fresh sanctions on Turkey over its military operation against Syrian Kurdish forces.
- In response, the Turkish government summoned David Satterfield, the U.S. representative in Ankara.
- The Turkish foreign ministry rejected the genocide recognition as "meaningless" and "devoid of any historical or legal basis" in a statement suggesting that lawmakers had approved the resolution to "take vengeance" against Turkey over its incursion into Syria.
- The Armenian genocide — the massacre and deportation of hundreds of thousands of Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915 — is a sensitive issue in Turkey.
- Turkey accepts that many Armenians in the Ottoman Empire died during World War I, but denies that the killings were systematic and firmly rejects the label "genocide."
- Most modern historians say that the killings do constitute genocide. In the EU, many countries and institutions have recognized the killings as genocide, often prompting outrage from Turkey.
- The U.S. resolution comes amid deteriorating ties between Ankara and Washington following disputes over a number of issues, in particular Turkey's recent Syria offensive.