French President Emmanuel Macron hit the nail on the head when he diagnosed NATO as “brain dead,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said.

“Golden words. True and accurate. A proper definition of the current state of NATO,” Maria Zakharova wrote in a Facebook post, referring to the hard-hitting remark Macron made in an interview to the Economist, which was published on Thursday.

In the interview, which has already drawn a sharp rebuke both from NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Macron argued that the bloc is no longer effective since the US has been “turning its back” on Europe. Without the US playing its part as an ‘older brother,’ the military alliance is a meaningless construct, as the mechanism “only works if the guarantor of last resort [the US] functions as such,” he argued. (RT)