(B2) At the end of his press conference at the European Council, which has just ended (at 1.00 a.m.), Emmanuel Macron fired red bullets at his Turkish counterpart, accused of fanning the flames in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. This accusation was not made at random but on the basis of information validated by French intelligence.
A path Aleppo – Gaziantep – Baku
“300 fighters have left Syria to reach Baku [in Azerbaijan] via Gaziantep [in Turkey],” said the French president. “This information is based on our own intelligence. “These fighters are known, traced, identified. They come from jihadist groups operating in the Aleppo region [in Syria]. …] And other contingents are preparing, about the same size. »
Information shared with Russia
“We have shared this information with the Russians. And the Russian side makes the same analysis as we do. It’s very dangerous for the security of the region and Russia to find ourselves with terrorist fighters”. It was important to have a “demanding discussion” with Turkey in order to “resolve this problem as quickly as possible. For it is an additional problem in connection with Nagorno-Karabakh”.
NATO allies must open their eyes
For the French President, “the red line is crossed” by Ankara. This is “unacceptable”. It is “absolutely necessary to have a dialogue of truth with Turkey”. “I invite all NATO partners to face up to the behaviour of a NATO member”. As Co-Chairman of the Minsk Group, E. Macron intends to call on the Turkish President R.T. Erdogan in “the next few days” to ask for “explanations” on these facts.
(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, at European Council via Zoom! !)