France to summon Turkish envoy over Erdogan's 'insults'
Dec 03 2019
"These statements are suitable only to people like you who are in a state of brain death", Erdogan said in a televised speech.The row between the two men was sparked when Macron said in an Economist interview that he feared Nato's "brain death", citing the lack of coordination between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over Turkey's "crazy" invasion of Kurdish territories in Syria on 9 October.
"NATO is a collective defense organization, but against what or against who?"
The proposal came after the United States walked away from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russian Federation earlier this year.
Still, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg put a positive spin on military investment, noting that European allies and Canada have increased their input by 4.6%, and that the number of allies that spend at least 2% of their country's economic output on defense will almost double from five to nine this year. We need to clarify that.
"What we are now experiencing is the brain death of Nato", Macron said in the interview. "But the European Union can not defend Europe; European unity can not replace transatlantic unity", he said.
Macron's call for intensive talks on how to shore up security in Europe, cope with volatile member Turkey and restore U.S. leadership came as Stoltenberg said Washington will pay less into the alliance's budget from next year, with Germany filling the spending gap. Stoltenberg argued that although there were differences among NATO he said that in uncertain times, strong multilateral institutions such as Nato were essential: "It's no secret that there certainly are differences between allies.But the strength of Nato is that we have had the same kind of differences before, and every time we have been able to overcome them". Macron said the meeting was a sign of solidarity with the SDF in the eve of the Turkish offensive in Syria.
Turkish troops and Ankara-backed opposition fighters seized areas in northeastern Syria in a military offensive launched almost two months ago.
Turkish officials later criticized Macron.
France's Presidential Palace has announced that Turkish Ambassador to France will be summoned to the Foreign Ministry of France to give explanations over the announcement of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who called French President Emmanuel Macron "brain-dead".
Nine of NATO's 29 countries are now meeting the alliance's defense spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product, "up from just three allies a few years ago", Stoltenberg said.
In this month's the Economist, the French president had warned that a lack of American willingness to defend its members had placed Europe "on the edge of the precipice".
But the terrorists have failed to withdraw from some areas and continue to attack both soldiers and civilians. U.S. President Donald Trump has increased pressure on them, accusing Europe of taking U.S. protection for granted and warning of consequences. Trump wants South Korea and Japan to pay more.