İrem UZUN -TDO- Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkish Foreign Minister, on Thursday dismissed French President Emmanuel Macron’s critique of Turkey’s offensive in Syria against the YPG militia, saying the French leader sponsors terrorism. Minister told reporters in the parliament that Mr. Macron wanted to be the leader of Europe but was wobbling.“He is already the sponsor of the terrorist organization and constantly hosts them at the Elysee. If he says his ally is the terrorist organization…there is really nothing more to say,” Çavuşoğlu added.
Last month, Macron met with Jihane Ahmed, the spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), of which the YPG is a big part, to express France’s solidarity with them in their fight against Islamic State in Syria.Turkey views the YPG as terrorists.Earlier on Thursday, Macron said that Turkey cannot expect solidarity from NATO allies at the same time that it launched its Syria offensive as a “fait accompli”.
Ties between Turkey and NATO allies including the U.S. have grown increasingly strained in recent months following Ankara’s acquisition of a Russian-made missile defense system and, more recently, their move to invade a key region in northeast Syria last month after President Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops. Macron criticized NATO's failure to respond to the military offensive by Turkey in northern Syria. He described NATO as “brain dead” and said members of the alliance needed a "wake-up call" as they were no longer co-operating on a range of key issues.