Turkey has criticized France's lack of collaboration in NATO, amid poor policy choices and growing strategic irrelevance. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan slammed French President Emmanuel Macron's comments that Turkey should not expect solidarity from its allies regarding its operation in northern Syria.
"We do not know what France means for NATO but Turkey, with its second-largest army, is its most important member. No one should doubt that if it was not for Turkey, terrorists would head for Europe," Erdoğan stated on Friday.
Underlining that it is France itself that is trying to establish a presence in Syria, the president stated that France has no right to be there and that the regime also did not invite it. "Is it your place to decide whether to remove Turkey or not? Do you have the authority to decide this?" the president asked rhetorically.
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