Emmanuel Macron’s ’19th-century’ £2.5 billion Franco-Greek defense contract has enraged the EU.
The EU has reacted angrily to EMMANUEL MACRON’s new drive for a European defense plan, which includes a deal with Greece.
On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron signed a €3 billion defense contract with Greece. Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis both marketed the decision as a way to strengthen EU defense autonomy.
However, some EU officials are skeptical of the agreement, fearing that it could exacerbate tensions in the Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey.
“It’s a little strange to argue the accord adds to European sovereignty,” one EU ambassador told Politico.
“On the surface, this appears to be a classic 19th-century defense contract between two European countries.
“It has a lot more to do with limited national interests than it does with Europe.”
Tensions have been building between Greece and Turkey over contested Mediterranean waters that hold fossil fuel potential.
When questioned if the agreement could exacerbate tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, Macron said the agreement did not directly target any country, but rather Greece, because the European Union’s outside border needed to be protected.
“I don’t get the impression that Greece was bellicose in the eastern Mediterranean in the summer of 2020,” Macron added, referring to Turkish moves in the region.
“It is our responsibility as Europeans to express solidarity with member states. It is legitimate for us to commit to equipping it so that it can maintain its territorial integrity and cooperate to safeguard it in the event of intrusions, attacks, or aggressions “he stated
He said, ” “Stop being so foolish, Europeans. We must react and demonstrate that we have the power and capacity to defend ourselves when we are under siege from powers that sometimes harden (their attitude).
“Not by increasing the situation, but by defending ourselves.
“This isn’t a replacement for the US-led alliance.
“It’s not a replacement; it’s taking responsibility for the European pillar inside NATO and drawing the conclusion that we’re expected to look after our own security.”
Athens agreed to purchase three frigates, with the possibility to purchase a fourth.
The agreement, which is part of a bigger strategic military and defense cooperation partnership, comes after Athens acquired 24 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault earlier this year, making it the first European country to do so. “Brinkwire News Summary.”