This is not the first time France has misjudged the value of maintaining transatlantic alliance. To repeat the same mistake would severely undermine Euro-Atlantic security at a time when unity is needed more than ever. Unfortunately, to call for closer dialogue with Russia and pretend that Putin governs a normal democratic state, is another “strategic error” from Paris. NATO is the most successful alliance in modern history, and I am sure it will remain as such well into the XXI century. The Alliance not only adjusts itself to adapt to emerging challenges, but also successfully cultivates a Europe whole, free and at peace via its enlargement policy, making it an effective security guarantor, assisting in stabilization and modernization, advancing conditions for prosperity for the hundreds of millions living under NATO’s umbrella.
This is the foundation of the Alliance and Europe has benefited tremendously from it which is why we must maintain our qualitative edge, equally share the burdens, and once more, contrary to Macron’s advices – strengthen transatlantic ties. The United States is not “turning its back on us” but in fact is doubling down on supporting us as we have today 70 thousand American soldiers on our soil. In my region alone, Central and Eastern Europe, we feel this presence and it makes us more secure. Macron’s words – are contrary to the facts on the ground.
Anna Fotyga, ECR’s Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs