Turkey says the French military buildup in Syria is “illegitimate”.
“If France takes any steps regarding its military presence in northern Syria, this would be an illegitimate step that would go against international law and in fact, it would be an invasion,” Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said April 7.
However, Canikli forgot to add that Turkey had recently deployed its troops in northern Syria to combat Kurdish armed groups in the Afrin area without any approval from the legitimate Syrian government.
In turn, France, which has criticized the Turkish operation in Afrin, operates in the country as part of the US-led coalition which had also intervened into the country illegally.
On March 29, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a delegation of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is just a brad created by the US for the YPG [one of the Kurdish armed groups described by Ankara as terrorists], at the Elysee Palace. Later, France suggested to mediate in the Turksih-Kurdish conflict in northern Syria.
The Turkish leadership criticized the move and the suggestion describing its as an act assisting to the terrorism in the region.
Now, the both countries, which have illegally deployed their forces in Syria, criticize each other for such a move.