Erdogan asks Macron before North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Are you brain dead?

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The French government will summon the Turkish envoy in Paris for talks after what it termed "insults" by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who accused Emmanuel Macron of suffering "brain death", the president's office said Friday.

Following Erdogan's comments, the French foreign ministry said in a statement that Turkish Ambassador Ismail Hakki Musa was summoned on Friday to explain "unacceptable statements. that have no place in Turkish-French relations and can not substitute for the necessary dialogue between the two countries".

Fresh tensions have appeared within the alliance since last year's stormy meeting, after Trump's surprise decision to withdraw United States troops from northeast Syria, a move that cleared the way for Turkey to attack the Kurdish forces.

"They should invest in defence because we are facing new challenges, our security environment has become more unsafe", he told reporters.

But while there may be range of disagreements within NATO, Stoltenberg said the alliance has a long history of overcoming political disputes, such as the 2003 Iraq War when allies were able to look past differences.

"NATO is a collective defense alliance", Macron said.

Turkish troops and Ankara-backed opposition fighters seized areas in northeastern Syria in a military offensive launched almost two months ago.

"But you can not on the one hand say we are allies and demand solidarity in that regard and on the other hand present your allies with the fait accompli of a military operation that endangers the actions of the anti-IS coalition of which North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a member", he added.

French President Emmanuel Macron recently called the alliance "brain dead" and urged Europe to create its own security architecture.

Turkey's ongoing military incursion in Syria has stoked bitter arguments among NATO's 29 member states. Instead there will be a "short declaration on the "success story of NATO", a diplomat said.

YPG has close relations with Turkey's Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, USA and EU.

Akgonul said: "NATO members, including France, are witnessing their incapacity to be taken under consideration in the Syrian front by three actors, namely the US, Russia and Turkey, simply because they are paralyzed by Turkey's threats relating to refugees but also to foreign fighters with European citizenship".

The INF Treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987, was terminated on 2 August at the USA initiative after the country formally suspended its INF obligations six months earlier.

"Right now, there is a void in Europe, [Macron] is trying to be its leader, but leadership comes naturally", he added.



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