Europe needs a “second life insurance” in addition to NATO, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne said on Monday, after controversial statements by Donald Trump that suggested the US might not protect its allies.
“We need a second life insurance, not instead of NATO, not against NATO, but in addition” to this organization, said Stephane Sejourne, during a joint press conference near Paris with his German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, and Polish, Radoslaw Sikorski.
He insisted on the fact that it is necessary to act on the European pillar of NATO and to build a defense industry, “to buy European within our defense industries and to prepare in case of conflict”.
“This is the meaning of history,” he said, adding that it is not a question of interfering in the American elections, but that it is necessary to be prepared for the possibility that Republican Donald Trump will return to the White House.
He asked “to move from a war of positions to a war of solutions”.
Asked about Donald Trump’s criticism of countries whose financial contribution to NATO is insufficient, the head of French diplomacy emphasized that Paris has doubled its defense budget.
“The North Atlantic Alliance is not a contract with a security company,” declared the head of Polish diplomacy, Radoslaw Sikorski, who stated that he would go “soon” to the United States.
“I will repeat that we will not allow ourselves to be divided, (European strategic) autonomy must develop in harmony with the United States of America”, he also said.
“The fact that Europe takes defense, the defense industry, seriously is a common challenge and the American presidents have encouraged us to do this,” he said.
German Minister Annalena Baerbock also emphasized the need to “promote a union of defense and security”, recalling at the same time that NATO remained the “backbone” of European security.
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Publication date: 12-02-2024 21:15
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