The French president is making overtures to present Paris as an alternative global power, which can challenge Washington’s leadership, angering countries from the US to Germany and Turkey.
The statement from Turkey's communications director comes before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the UK, where he will attend a NATO leaders meeting marking the 70th anniversary of the organisation.
Demonstrators have taken to streets in southern Iraqi cities to protest the economy. The unrest follows a May 12 parliamentary election tainted by allegations of fraud. The protests are in a major oil-producing region.
The 2008 promise to Ukraine regarding NATO membership remains as distant as ever with some in the US-led military alliance and the European Union seeking a softer stance towards Russia.
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