The President of France Emmanuel macron believes that the EU should participate in the creation of a new agreement on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range and join him. He stated this on Tuesday at a press conference after meeting with U.S. President Donald trump in London for the summit of leaders of countries-members of NATO.
“After the termination of the INF Treaty [Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range] we need to build a new Foundation of security. We need to understand what will be the new nature of relations with Russia. I want negotiations. Europe expects that its opinion will be taken into account when drafting the new Treaty on intermediate-range and that it will become a part of it,” said macron. His words leads TASS.
The French President also said he was not going to give up their words about “brain death to NATO”. He also believes that an Alliance strategy needs to be clarified.
In early November, the French leader said in an interview that NATO has lost coordination within the Alliance, and this situation can be described as “brain dead”. Macron also said that Europe need to consider themselves independent geopolitical force, otherwise it “will not control their destiny.”
This statement of Macron criticized other dignitaries. During a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald trump called the words of Macron “offensive” to many States of the Alliance.
Dissatisfaction was expressed by Stoltenberg. “I do not agree with that of NATO, particularly because in recent years we have seen how NATO was indeed taking a greater effort than in previous decades,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. The head of the military unit said that the Alliance “responds to new challenges such as the rise of China that had not previously been included in the agenda for NATO, but is there now.”
The Prime Minister of the Netherlands mark Rutte believes that European countries should strengthen their defence, however he also does not agree with the adoption of the Macron. About this Rutte said on Tuesday in London at the conference of NATO Engages, which is held on the eve of the NATO summit.
According to the head of the government of the Netherlands, macron raised questions that have a right to exist concerning the fact that “European countries should become more active [in defence] to Europe, USA and Canada remained involved [in NATO]”. “I do not agree with this particular assessment about “brain death” NATO, Makron here went too far – said Rutte. – However, I agree that there are a number of issues that we need to discuss. It is an organization consisting of democratic countries. This means that we can be different, to have different points of view.”
According to Rutte, “the worst thing we can do is not discuss them.” “Because it will mark the end of NATO. The fact that we can sit down together, settle differences and come to joint decisions, is the best proof that the Alliance will last for another 70 years,” he added.
Meanwhile, the macron believes that the fifth article of the NATO Charter on mutual protection is applied inefficiently. In this regard, it proposes to establish within the Alliance a special expert group for strategic discussions. Earlier, a similar proposal was made by Germany. It is expected that the leaders of the countries-participants of the organization approves the concept and will prepare a report to the NATO summit, which will take place in 2021, writes DW.
However, the harsh statements of the French President making a split in the Alliance and do not contribute to the achievement of the declared purpose. Caution causes and confidence of the Makron that the biggest threat to NATO is terrorism, not Russia, and that the time has come for rapprochement with Moscow.
“All of NATO would like to improve relations with Russia. But the majority came to the conclusion that Moscow is more interested in undermining NATO and European security, because the unrest will play into the hands of Moscow”, – said the former Slovak Ambassador to NATO, Director of Carnegie Europe Tomas Valasek.
Macron also criticized NATO member Turkey in the purchase of Russian weapons. “We need clarification of Turkey at this summit. We need to clarify at least two issues: how Turkey can be a member of the Alliance to work with us and buy our equipment to be integrated [defense system] and at the same time to buy s-400 from Russia? Technically, it is impossible. The Turkish President needs to clarify if he wants to be forgiven,” said he.
The second point on which the macron is waiting for clarification of Turkey’s position, its intent to block all the declarations of the anniversary NATO summit if other members of the Alliance will not recognize a number of terrorist organizations. “They want us to have qualified the Kurdistan workers’ party (PKK) and other terrorist groups, but it is not our definition, stressed macron. – When I look at Turkey, they are now fighting with those who fought on our side. And sometimes they work with the facilitators of the “Islamic state”*”, – he added.
As expected, the summit in London will actively discuss not only Russian, but also Chinese threat. Alarming is the rapid growth of economic opportunities and the militarization of the PRC. In addition, the worsening confrontation between China and the United States will bare Europe, which without American help will not be able to repel the aggressor. “If the US went to the confrontation with China, it would be a disaster for the NATO. Of which will develop a defensive Alliance forces, if the United States will be busy in another region?” – says senior researcher of the Royal Institute of international Affairs of Belgium Egmont Alexander Mattelaer.
*Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH) is a terrorist group banned in Russia by the decision of the Supreme court of the Russian Federation from December 29, 2014