French President Emmanuel Macron urges Europeans to “learn lessons” and “abandon naivety” in dealing with Washington, in exchange for “the same American pragmatism.”
French President Emmanuel Macron announced, on Tuesday, at the Elysee Palace, in the presence of his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the signing of an agreement between the two countries under which Athens will buy 3 frigates from France, as part of a deeper “strategic partnership” between the two countries, to defend their common interests at sea. Mediterranean, as expressed by both sides.
At the beginning of his speech, the Greek president confirmed the completion of the deal, with his country given the option to buy a fourth, adding that Greece is currently in talks with France to strengthen their defense alliance, while Athens seeks to increase its military capabilities.
This deal is announced, at a time when French-American relations are going through a severe diplomatic crisis, following the announcement on the 15th of this month of a strategic partnership between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, in the Indo-Pacific region, which led to the termination of a huge contract, under which it buys Canberra French submarines.
We must abandon naivety.
Emmanuel Macron did not miss the opportunity to address transatlantic relations, stressing that the new agreement with the Athens government is a “bold first step towards European strategic independence.”
Macron urged Europeans to “abandon naivety” and “lear lessons” from the United States’ new strategic choices, which center on its antagonism with China.
Macron said during a joint press conference with Mitsotakis, that “when we are under the influence of pressure from major powers, which sometimes intensify, showing a reaction or proving that we also have the strength and ability to defend ourselves, does not mean submitting to escalation, but rather it is simply Pay our respects.”
The French president added, “The United States of America is a great historical friend and a valuable ally, but we must admit that for more than ten years, Washington has focused its efforts primarily on itself, in addition to its strategic interests, which it redirects to China and the Pacific.”
Macron added, justifying that “this is their right. It is their own sovereignty. But we will be naive here, or we will make a grave mistake, if we refuse to draw lessons for ourselves.”
Macron called on the Europeans to show the same American pragmatism, saying, “We, as Europeans, have to bear our share of the responsibility in securing our own protection.