President Erdogan slams ‘brain dead’ Emmanuel Macron

President Erdogan slams ‘brain dead’ Emmanuel Macron

President Erdogan slams ‘brain dead’ Emmanuel Macron

Macron accused of being a sponsor of terrorism - The French President Emmanuel Macron has been accused by Turkey's foreign minister of being a "sponsor of terrorism", dismissing the French leader's criticism of Turkey's Syria offensive. He went on with extra assaults on Macron's worldwide politics, saying that the French president "can't be the chief of Europe by wobbling like this".

The plan had included recognising the People's Protection Units (YPG), the main component of the umbrella Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as a terrorist threat to Turkey. Right now, there is a void in Europe, he is trying to be its leader, but this an artificial behavior.

Especially over the past year, he said, Turkey fought off disinformation on its economy, but during this time the economy developed necessary defenses against external shocks. Macron said the meeting was a sign of solidarity with the SDF in the eve of the Turkish offensive in Syria. He has also decried NATO's inability to react to what he called Turkey's "crazy" offensive into northern Syria.

Seeing Turkey and its stance in last few months, the statement, before the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, is possibly an attempt to shift focus of its weapon purchase from Russian Federation and attack on Syrian Kurdish forces, who were an ally of US-led coalition against ISIS.

According to NATO's founding treaty, an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all, and will trigger the alliance's military strategies for collective defense. "It's up to Turkey to provide the answers that we and many allies expect".

Macron's comments sparked a sharp reaction from Ankara, which accuses Paris of seeking to establish a Kurdish state in Syria.

The war of words set the stage for what is likely to be a fractious North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit outside London next week, which will be attended by both Macron and Erdogan as well as US President Donald Trump.

In Turkey, he said he respected the interests of safety after suffering "many terrorist attacks on its territory".

This step opens the way for Turkey to push into Syria and create so-called security zone along the border.

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