French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (November 28) that Turkey could not expect solidarity from NATO allies when it launched its offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria as a “fait accompli”.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu dismissed Macron’s criticism, saying the French leader sponsors terrorism.
Last month, Macron met Jihane Ahmed, the spokeswoman for the U.S.-backed 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 considers the YPG as a terrorist group and has been infuriated by the supports its allies have given the group.
The Turkish assault, launched on Oct. 9, was condemned by Ankara’s NATO allies, including France.
Ties between Turkey and France have been strained in recent years, but Macron and Cavusoglu’s comments on Thursday highlight growing tensions ahead of NATO’s 70th anniversary summit in London next week.