Erdogan Fans Feud With ‘Incapable’ Macron in Incendiary Tirade Amid Turkish-Greek Mediterranean Spat

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Amid tensions triggered by Turkey’s announced plans to pursue its fossil fuel extraction survey in disputed eastern Mediterranean waters, France’s President Emmanuel Macron enraged Ankara last week when he suggested that the country “deserved something else”, given the way President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government was approaching foreign affairs.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a virtual meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Thursday, taking the opportunity to once again lash out at France’s President Emmanual Macron, calling him an “incapable” President.

Erdogan said Macron’s logic in blaming Turkey for a spate of regional problems was flawed.

​Erdogan touted the “Turkey model” in dealing with outstanding issues.

​The Turkish President levelled yet another broadside at the French leader, saying that “Macron’s time was almost up”.

Barbed Tit-For-Tat

Erdogan and Macron have been trading insults for months on a diverse array of issues, with their feud most recently rooted in Turkey’s maritime dispute with Greece.

Paris sided with Athens in the Turkish-Greece dispute over exclusive rights to swathes of the eastern Mediterranean Sea in August, sending warships and jets to the disputed area after a Turkish surveying vessel started exploratory drilling for gas in an area between Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete.

Recently, speaking ahead of a summit meeting of EU Mediterranean…

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