Tensions between France and Turkey have deescalated, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that tensions with Turkey have eased over the last few weeks, but European countries will remain cautious, Reuters reported.

"Tensions have eased in recent weeks," Macron told a news conference, according to Reuters.

"We will continue to be vigilant throughout the summer but also to re-engage in joint work", Macron added.

Relations between Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan soured last year over policy towards Syria, Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan.

The two leaders also traded barbs over Islam's role in French society.

Macron strongly opposes Turkey's purchase of S-400 air defence missiles from Russia, which are incompatible with NATO systems.

"When we are members of the same organisation, we cannot decide to buy equipment that does not allow interoperability, we cannot decide to carry out unilateral operations which are against the interests of the coalitions that we have built," he said.

Macron and Erdoğan engaged in an escalating war of words last September. The French leader said the Turkish people "deserve more than the Erdoğan government", while Erdoğan told him "not to mess with the Turks", saying that he needed a "mental check".

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