The crisis in relations between France and the United States will greatly affect the definition of a new strategic concept for NATO, but this will not entail the withdrawal of Paris from the Atlantic Alliance. This was announced by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during an interview on the Info2 TV channel on Saturday, September 18, the recording of which is available in Twitter…
“NATO initiated a discussion, at the request of the president of the republic, its concept. The next NATO summit in Madrid will work on a new Strategic Concept. It is obvious that what happened will be related to its definition, ”the minister said.
Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom on September 15 announced the AUKUS Trilateral Security and Defense Partnership. Over the next year and a half, all three countries will work to transfer technology to Australia, in particular nuclear submarines. Thus, the contract between Canberra and Paris for the supply of submarines in the amount of $ 66 billion was thwarted.
After that, France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations.
The French Foreign Minister said on September 18 that Washington’s current behavior in relations with such an ally as Paris is unacceptable. Whereas Le Point columnist Jean Guinel called the failure of the deal with Australia a humiliation of France.
At the same time, Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov believes that the conflict between the United States and France over cooperation with Australia on submarines may lead to a crisis within NATO.
In addition, on September 18, The Telegraph reported that the details of the AUKUS defense partnership between the United States, Great Britain and Australia were agreed on the sidelines of the G7 summit in June this year. However, according to the newspaper, the countries agreed without the knowledge of French President Emmanuel Macron, who also took part in the event on the English peninsula of Cornwall.