ISTANBUL, Oct. 15 (Reuters / EP) –
The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, explained on Monday to his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, the objective of the military offensive deployed in northeastern Syria during a phone call.
The Turkish leader has indicated that the operation in the area will contribute to peace and stability at regional and global level, as reported by the Presidency of Turkey.
This same Monday, a majority of European Union countries have condemned the Turkish military offensive against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria, the main ally of the international coalition against the Islamic State terrorist group, and has backed to stop selling weapons to Turkey.
France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Finland have already announced in recent days that they will stop selling weapons to Turkey, a decision that Spain has joined on Monday, while countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Italy have defended an embargo of the whole EU.
Turkey, for its part, has threatened to “reconsider” its cooperation with the EU in response to the condemnation of the community bloc to the Turkish military operation and Turkish oil prospecting in the eastern Mediterranean.
Erdogan has also reproached the EU, many of whose members are also members of NATO, who are supporting Kurdish “terrorists” instead of Turkey, a NATO partner for almost 70 years.