Ankara blasts North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for boosting Baltic states' defenses while 'ignoring' Turkey


"This is not a statement, these are insults", an Elysee official said, adding: "The ambassador will be summoned to the ministry to explain things".

Erdogan was speaking days ahead of a summit of the military alliance, which Macron has said is experiencing "brain death" because of USA unpredictability under President Donald Trump and strained ties with Turkey.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr macron he stood comments made three weeks ago when he described North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as "brain dead".

The comments drew a stinging rebuke from Erdogan during a televised speech on Friday. Moreover, he refused to apologize for his "brain death" statement. He has also decried NATO's inability to react to what he called Turkey's "crazy" offensive into northern Syria.

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey on Thursday that it's alienating allies, and mustn't depend upon assist from the multinational alliance whereas additionally finishing up widely-condemned navy operations towards Kurds in northern Syria as a "fait accompli". "You are a novice", Erdogan said.

Mr macron office said the meeting was to express the solidarity of France with the SDF in the fight against the Islamic State, and also to reiterate concerns about the outlook for the Turkish military operations in Syria.

"He doesn't know what fighting against terror is".

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Turkey considers the YPG as a terrorist group and has been infuriated by the supports its allies have given the group.

Erdogan said Ankara had a right to intervene in Syria given their shared border.

"You can't say on the one hand that we're allies and insist on solidarity, and on the other present your allies with the fait accompli of a military intervention which endangers operations against Isis by the coalition of which North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a member".

"I believe that their prayers, the strong leadership that President Trump provided to this moment, and the cooperation with President Erdoğan of Turkey has made this possible", he concluded.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that Mr macron want to become a European leader but "wobbling".

Didier Billion, a researcher at the French Institute for worldwide and Strategic Affairs, described the deterioration in relations between France and Turkey as "nearly as serious as during the time of (ex-president Nicolas) Sarkozy".