Strained Turkey-France Relationship Threatens Upcoming NATO Summit

Donald Trump gave his military chiefs the order to withdraw from Syria

Donald Trump gave his military chiefs the order to withdraw from Syria Credit Andrew Harnik

Turkey on October 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.

Mevlut Cavusoglu was fast to reply, slamming Marcon for earlier conferences with Kurdish representatives. Turkey views a section of the group - the YPG - as terrorists.

"He is already the sponsor of the terrorist organization and constantly hosts them at the Elysee".

Speaking from Ankara, Minister Cavusoglu further claimed "Macron can not be the leader of Europe with shifting attitudes".

"Proper now, there's a void in Europe, he's making an attempt to be its chief", Cavusoglu retorted.

The war of words adds to the tensions among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members that threaten to overshadow next week's summit. Turkish-backed forces have additionally been accused of significant abuses and struggle crimes throughout the operation.

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Erdogan used a televised speech to launch a stunning attack on Macron, just days before the two men join other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in England for events to mark the alliance's 70th birthday.

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Ties between Turkey and France have been strained in recent years, but Macron and Cavusoglu's comments on Thursday highlight growing tensions ahead of NATO's 70th anniversary summit in London next week.

Macron set the ball rolling for a fractious gathering by describing the club in a November 7 interview with The Economist magazine as suffering from "brain death". "A real alliance is about actions, decisions, not words". "Jump up and down as much as you like. you will respect Turkey's right to fighting against terrorism sooner or later".

Turkey last month launched an offensive against Kurdish-led forces in Syria, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said targeted the "terrorists" of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia and the militant Islamic State (IS) group. "If he says his ally is the terrorist organization. there is really nothing more to say", Çavuşoğlu told reporters in parliament.

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