This backlash comes days before the two are expected to join other leaders in a NATO summit in England to mark the alliance’s 70th birthday.
While giving a televised speech, the Turkish President said “I am talking to France’s President Emmanuel Macron, and I will also say this at NATO. First of all, have your own brain death checked. These statements are suitable only to people like you who are in a state of brain death”.
This criticism is a reference to a recent speech given by the French President where he called said that NATO was suffering from ‘brain death’ due to the lack of strategic cooperation among members.
Erodogan continued his attack by saying “You know how to show off but you cannot even properly pay for NATO. You are a novice”.
In response, the French government announced it would call the Turkish ambassador in Paris for talks over what it called a “insults, not statements”.
These comments came after President Macron Turkey’s cross-border offensive in Syria in October. The offensive killed dozens of civilians and resulted in thousands of people having to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere.
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