Donald Trump held last-minute North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting with Turkish president Erdogan

This Time Trump Will Be Just One of the Wild Cards at NATO

Turkey wants North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to formally recognise the YPG militia, the main component of the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as terrorists and is infuriated that its allies have given the militia support.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be hosting a testy affair, with the Turkish president telling his French counterpart on Friday "you should check whether you are brain dead", in response to Macron's recent comments about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"How is it possible to be a member of the alliance, to work with - to be integrated and buy things from Russian Federation?" he asked, referring to Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 missile system.

Relations between France and the PKK have a long history going back to the 1980s and 1990s when the late Danielle Mitterrand, the wife of former French president Francois Mitterrand, publicly voiced her support for Abdullah Ocalan, the terrorist group's founding leader, who has been in prison Turkey since 1999. Trump said he is weighing issuing sanctions against Ankara if they move forward with plans to buy the weapons.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg appeared dismissive of the whole matter, saying that NATO's entire alliance will respond militarily to any attacks of the Baltic countries.

"But if terror organisations whom we fight against are not accepted by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation friends as terror groups, sorry but we will be against all steps to be taken there".

Macron's assertiveness before and during the summit surprised a few as the young leader seems to want to stamp France's authority in Europe, which has been exhausted by quarrels among the European Union partners as Germany's most influential leader is one her way out and Britain is preoccupied Brexit.

The YPG's fighters have always been United States and French allies on the ground against Daesh in Syria.

"Would you like some nice Daesh fighters? This is our number one priority and it's not yet done", he said.

After Macron's one-on-one pre-summit meeting with Trump had been preceded by a lengthy question and answer session with the media, Johnson was seen asking him: "Is that why you were late?"

"This is why he is a great politician because that was one of the greatest non-answers I have ever heard, and that's OK", Trump said.



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