Macron Urges Europeans to Abandon "Naivety" With Washington

Wednesday, 29 September, 2021 - 00:43

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday the signing of a  frigate-purchasing agreement with Greek President Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as part of a deeper strategic partnership to defend their common interests at sea.

The Greek President acknowledged the agreement, which includes the purchase of 3 frigates from France, along with the option of purchasing a third as Athens aims to enhance its military capabilities.

The deal comes at a time when French-American relations are facing a severe diplomatic crisis, following Following the announcement of the new strategic security alliance between the US, Britain, and Australia which retracted a significant contract in which it would purchase Canberra French submarines.

"We must abandon naivety"

The French President took advantage of the occasion to speak about transatlantic connections, emphasizing that the recent deal with the Athens administration is a significant first step toward European strategic independence.

Macron urged Europeans to "abandon naivety" and "learn lessons" from the US' new geopolitical decisions, centered on its rivalry with China.

He added that although sometimes there are major powers influencing European countries, demonstrating the strength and the ability for self-defense does not mean submitting.

"The US is a great historical friend and ally", he stated. However, he described that in the last decade Washington focused solely on itself and sought out its own strategic interests.

"If we refuse to learn our lessons, we will make grave mistakes."

As a result, the French President encouraged Europeans to secure their own protection.