Emmanuel macron at the press conference following the meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did not give up their words about “brain death” of the Alliance, but explained that he gave such a description of the Alliance only in order to give him “a fair shake”, writes the French L’express. According to the French President, in recent years, the Alliance moved away from real problems, and scandalous statements that Makron was criticized by many allies, helped to put NATO on the right path.
Emmanuel macron “stands on its own and signed under the words” about “brain death to NATO”: French President at a press conference after his talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he accepts “full responsibility for having raised controversial issues,” reports L’express.As the correspondent of the edition, Makron and Stoltenberg after his meeting reaffirmed their intention to “ensure the success” of the summit of heads of States-members of NATO, which will be held next week in London and will be timed to the 70th anniversary of the Alliance. Meanwhile, three weeks ago, the French leader was somewhat overshadowed by the preparations for the upcoming event, stating in an interview with British media that Europe “is going through brain death to NATO”, reminds the journalist.For such “allegations in the forehead” for Mr. Macron immediately came under criticism from Washington, London, Warsaw and Ankara, emphasized in the material L’express. Meanwhile, today at a joint press conference with Jens Stoltenberg, the President explained himself — he said that on such thoughts tempted him “a blatant and unacceptable isolation” NATO from real life, clearly manifested during the two previous summits of the Alliance, which “was solely dedicated to find out how to reduce expenses” for the maintenance of the organization, quoted Macron author.At the same time, continued the macron, not “solved” strategic issues concerning “peace in Europe, relations with Russia and Turkey”, as well as the question of who is actually to Alianza opponent, the President added, noting that one of the official priorities of the Alliance is the fight against terrorism. “Needed a shake-up. I have this shake up, and note with pleasure that the priority for us was thinking about our global goals and strategic objectives,” — said the French leader.In response, Mr. Stoltenberg assured Him that NATO had modernized its doctrine and its mode of operation, strengthening its means of action, particularly in the East of Europe, the correspondent of L’express. However, the NATO Secretary General stressed that at the moment the European Union is not to defend Europe alone and is not a substitute for NATO. “Both these structures are different sides of the same coin,” he said.Earlier in the same vein, there were European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who on Wednesday said that the EU and NATO are “not enemies, but complementary” units, writes L’express. “Europe can’t provide for his defense alone,” and “it is important that we take on more and more responsibilities” in this regard, in turn, said on Wednesday German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On 20 November, the Paris and Berlin, attempting to somewhat reduce the tension between each other, already proposed to create an expert Committee which would have forced political processes within NATO, noted in the article.As stated in the administration of the French President, Mr macron prior to the summit will hold several other meetings with several dignitaries; at the same summit, he will hold talks with a number of colleagues, including the four-way meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, writes L’express.