Turkey agrees to back North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plans for Baltic - Lithuania
Dec 05 2019
Erdogan said he had spoken by telephone with Polish President Andrzej Duda, and agreed to discuss the military operation with Poland and the Baltic countries in London. "Sometimes they work with ISIS forces".
Washington and Paris have long argued over NATO's objective - France opposed the 2003 Iraq war - but the new tensions will add to doubts over the alliance's future that have grown with Trump's ambivalence over USA commitments to defend Europe.
"There is far, far more that unites us than divides us, and I think one thing every leader here is absolutely resolved upon is the vital importance of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for our collective security", he said as he arrived.
A French presidency official said Trump often makes strident statements ahead of bilateral meetings and cools his rhetoric later.
"They've been very good".
The event was plagued by the fallout of the explosive remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron about the "brain death" of the alliance, which caused the politicians to repeatedly throw jabs at one another. USA president Donald Trump said on Tuesday it was a "very insulting statement to make", as he berated his European Union counterparts for treating the U.S. "very, very unfairly on trade".
Thousands of migrants are already seeping through Turkey into Greece and Bosnia, which the United Nations said may spark humanitarian disasters in those countries. "We have soldiers where the oil is, and that's the way I like it", Trump said, adding that the Syria-Turkey border has "been under siege for many, many decades, and it was time for us to leave".
President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning participated in an unannounced meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, following months of scrutiny over the administration's posture toward Ankara and controversial shifts in Syria policy.
"You know that Turkey has a lot of refugees linked with the Syrian crisis", stated President Macron.
"He's two-faced", Trump said of Trudeau during a brief news conference alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. "(President Macron) He needs protection more than anybody and I see him breaking off".