Former French President Francois Hollande said Monday that he regretted the situation in Syria, where “all we didn’t want to them to win have won”, from Bashar Al Assad to Vladimir Putin, through Tayyip Erdogan.
“What happened at this stage, which could be the last of the Syrian conflict”, Hollande said.
All we didn’t want to win have won: the Syrian regime of Bashar, Turkey, which in fact wants to hunt down the Kurds who are our allies, and Vladimir Putin, the peacemaker who brought his soldiers, at the same time with the Iranians, to protect and save the regime of Bashar Al Assad”.
He added: “At the same time, the Western alliance, which I rightly wanted – and I was one of its main leaders – to eliminate ISIS with the support of the Kurds, sees its ally today being crushed and expelled from the areas it has controlled, and its enemy any ISIS, recovers jihadists.
They’ll be released from the camps”.
For the former Socialist president, these developments, stemming from decisions by US President Donald Trump, raise question marks about the future of NATO and the confidence of US allies.
“We’re facing a key question for NATO’s future: how to trust an American president, Donald Trump, who gave Erdogan the green light to intervene in Syria, who declared a false ceasefire, a false ceasefire that will eventually allow the Russians to establish their presence and the Turks to control Areas they want?”.
Hollande said it was time for the US president to ask for explanations, particularly on the “contradictions” that arose from various crises (commercial, diplomatic …) between “American interests and ours”.
“How can we leave Donald Trump, a member of the Atlantic Alliance and theoretically a country that can intervene to protect Europe, question our interests?” he said, referring in particular to the US president’s positions on the Middle East and the status of Kurds and US tariffs on European products and the Brexit situation.