Turkish President Erdogan fires back at President Macron for saying ‘NATO is dying’
Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President on Friday, November 29th has described the warning issued by French President, Emmanuel Macron that NATO was dying as a reflection of a sick and shallow understanding, asking the French President to check if he is not brain-dead.
This was disclosed by Erdogan while speaking days ahead of a summit of the military alliance in which Macron had earlier declared that it was experiencing “brain death” because of American unpredictability under President Donald Trump and strained ties with Turkey.
The Turkish and French presidents, who have traded criticism over Ankara’s cross-border offensive in northeast Syria, will be among NATO leaders meeting at a summit of the transatlantic alliance in Britain on December 4.
“I’m addressing Mr Macron from Turkey and I will say it at NATO: You should check whether you are brain dead first,” Erdogan said.
Macron said in an interview three weeks ago there was a lack of strategic coordination between European allies on the one hand and the United States and Turkey, on the other. He has also decried NATO’s inability to react to what he called Turkey’s “crazy” offensive into northern Syria.
Turkey is refusing to back a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland unless it gets more political support for its fight against Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria.
Macron’s remarks drew strong reaction from European peers who believe Europe still needs to rely heavily on NATO, but he said on Thursday his remarks had been a useful wake-up call and he would not apologize for saying them.