Selin ATAY-TDO- French President Emmanuel Macron was the perfect man to diagnose NATO as being ‘brain-dead’, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov quipped, saying Moscow is ready for the bloc’s recovery from all ailments.
“I wouldn’t want to drag myself into a discussion about the medical side of this issue,” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow on Friday.
He added, sarcastically: “If Macron had felt that the diagnosis he made [of NATO] was so evident – he had all the right to state it. He knows NATO better than me, since he represents a nation which is a member of the alliance.”
Lavrov noted that Russia remains interested in building mutually-beneficial relations with the US-led bloc, which would be based on an equal footing. Adding that “So, once NATO ‘recovers’, we’ll be right there”
The Kremlin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the trans-Atlantic military alliance was designed for confrontation since its inception. He, too, quipped about Macron’s take on NATO's current state of affairs. “Whether NATO is alive or dead, and which of its parts are comatose – that’s not for us to decide. We’re not pathologists.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg took offense at Macron’s unkind choice of words, saying that he had exaggerated the bloc’s internal struggle.
The French president had previously argued that NATO is undergoing its “brain death” due to the lack of coordination and understanding among its members, by referring to Turkey.