The French president called on countries to strengthen their defenses to reduce dependence on the bloc and Washington
French President Emmanuel Macron has said that European NATO members should become more autonomous and less dependent on the US-led alliance for their own security. He made the remarks late Wednesday, speaking to reporters in Paris after returning from the summit in Amman, Jordan.
“An alliance is not something I should depend on. It’s something I should choose, something I work with.” Macron declared. “We have to rethink our strategic autonomy.”
Macron identifies “Technology and Defense Capabilities” are areas where European nations should seek to reduce their dependence on the union and especially the United States. However, he added that member states should not try to break away from the bloc or develop an alternative to it.
“There is no European security structure without strategic autonomy, within NATO and with NATO, but without dependence on NATO.” he say.
Macron also addressed the ongoing animosity between Russia and Ukraine, in which Ukraine has enjoyed widespread Western support. While reiterating his support for “absolutely defend Ukraine,” he said again that Moscow’s security concerns also need to be addressed.
“When I talk about guarantees, I am talking about all of these countries, for us, as well as for Russia.” Macron declared. “This means that one of the essential points that we have to deal with – as President Putin always says – is the fear that NATO will come to their doorstep and the deployment of weapons could threaten Russia. .”
In recent weeks, the French president has repeatedly said that the conflict must ultimately end with negotiations, which will provide security guarantees for all sides, including Russia. This stance has sparked a flurry of criticism from Ukraine and several EU states, with Poland, Slovakia and the Baltic states openly opposing Macron’s proposal.
Russia has repeatedly signaled that it is ready for dialogue with Ukraine – and also with the West – while insisting that its own interests must be taken into account if negotiations are to take place. Moscow blames Kiev for the lack of diplomatic efforts to end the conflict. On Wednesday, the head of the Council of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko, said there are “no background for negotiations to take place in the near future: Nothing [to discuss] and not with anyone.”
Senior officials in Kiev have repeatedly made belligerent statements, with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky pledging to recapture the former Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye – which were annexed to Russia in the beginning. October – like Crimea, seceded from Ukraine. Kiev 2014. Zelensky even ‘banned’ himself from negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin.