Macron slams Turkey’s aggression in Syria as ‘madness’, bewails NATO inaction
Macron critizes Turkey’s aggression in Syria as “madness’, bewails NATO inaction France’s President Emmanuel Macron has bemoaned Turkey’s offensive into northern Syria as “madness” and decried NATO’s inability to react to the assault as a “serious mistake.” “It weakens our credibility in finding partners on the ground who will be by our side and who think they will be protected in the long term. So that raises questions about how NATO functions.” EU Council President Donald Tusk said the halt of Turkish hostilities is not a genuine cease-fire and called on Ankara to immediately stop military operations in Syria. Dareen Khalifa, a senior Syria analyst at the International Crisis Group, said the cease-fire had unclear goals. There was no mention of the scope of the area that would be under Turkish control and, despite US Vice President Mike Pence referring to a 20-mile zone, the length of the zone remains ambiguous, she said.