Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

Macron and Erdogan to discuss Turkey's Syria offensive

Macron and Erdogan to discuss Turkey's Syria offensive

"NATO is the most successful alliance in history because we have been able to change again and again, when the world is changing", said Jens Stoltenberg in a doorstep statement while heading to today's meetings.

The Turkish leader made this point during a news conference in Ankara ahead of departing to London for the imminent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit set to be held on December 3-4, reports TASS.

US President Donald Trump held a previously unannounced bilateral meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit today.

"Russia remains one of Turkey's main partners".

The summit was topped with PM Justin Trudeau getting apparently caught on hot mic gossiping about Donald Trump with Macron and UK PM Boris Johnson, which caused an angry reaction from the USA president.

As Macron casts doubts on NATO, he has been thinking out loud about his plans for a European Union army to replace the organisation. And that's the way I like it, ' Trump said.

"So I think the first thing to do is to regain military sovereignty".

"It was a very good meeting, I think".

There also were disagreements within the alliance, most notably between the USA and France, on whether China should be viewed as an adversary at all.

She criticised Macron's "brain dead" comment as "sweeping judgments" and found them unnecessary under current circumstances.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey's president, went into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London warning that he would veto plans to bolster forces in Poland and the Baltics unless the alliance designated the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as terrorists. The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by NATO, the European Union, the USA and Turkey.

The U.S. -backed SDF, a group dominated by the YPG, has been controlling some 28 percent of the Syrian territories, including the most of the 911-kilometer-long Syria-Turkey border.

"You have an uncoordinated aggressive action by another North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, Turkey, in an area where our interests are at stake", Macron told the Economist before the summit.

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