Macron Says NATO Should Focus on Terrorism Instead of Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said his remarks that NATO was experiencing “brain death” had been a useful wake-up call to alliance members, and he would not apologize for saying it.

Macron’s blunt verdict ahead of a Dec. 4 summit in Britain drew strong reaction from European peers who believe Europe still needs to rely heavily on the transatlantic military alliance for its defense.

But the French leader, speaking alongside NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, made no apology for the remarks, which he said were needed after allies became too focused on budget issues instead of evolving geopolitics.

“The questions I have asked are open questions, that we haven’t solved yet,” Macron said at a joint news conference with NATO’s secretary general.

“Peace in Europe, the post-INF (Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty) situation, the relationship with Russia, the Turkey issue, who’s the enemy? So I say: as long as these questions are not resolved, let’s not negotiate about cost-sharing and burden-sharing, or this or the other.”

“So we maybe needed a wake-up call. I’m glad it was delivered, and I’m glad everyone now thinks we should rather think about our strategic goals,” Macron said. “So I make absolutely no apology for having cleared up ambiguities.”

New enemy

Stoltenberg responded that in uncertain times, strong multilateral institutions such as NATO were essential.

“It’s no secret that there certainly are differences between allies,” he said. “But the strength of NATO is that we have had the same kind of differences before, and every time we have been able to overcome them.”

Macron, whose overtures to Russia in past months have worried allies in eastern Europe, said the key question now for NATO should be to decide who was its shared foe, given that the Soviet Union had long fallen.

“Who is our common enemy?” Macron asked. “This question deserves to be clarified.”

“Is our enemy today, as I hear sometimes, Russia? Is it China? Is it the Atlantic alliance’s purpose to designate them as enemies? I don’t think so,” Macron said.

“Our common enemy at the alliance is, it seems, terrorism, which has hit all of our countries.”

In veiled remarks to European countries who have been criticized for not spending enough on security, Macron added: “Simply proclaiming one’s commitment to collective security is not enough. It needs to be demonstrated. A true alliance means actions, decisions, not words.”

(c) The Moscow Times


  1. Just one question Macronsky. Who shot down MH17? Isn’t shooting down civilian planes what terrorists do?

    • Obviously not. focusser.
      Neither is invading other Countries or States,
      Poisoning people on the Streets of foreign Countries,
      continually bragging about what weaponry you are developing or have developed,
      invading, I mean making Navigational errors,
      illegally seizing another Country’s ships and then vandalising them.

      I don’t think we need to go much further down this road to state the case.

    • “A true alliance means actions, decisions, not words.”
      Yes, Macaroni, this means put your money where your speeches are. Meet your 2% obligation and keep your white flag in your back pocket. You might let muslims and russians take over your country but that doesn’t mean everyone else has to.

  2. Have you noticed that the Yellow vest protests have subsided since Macaroni whispering sweet nothings to Putin?

    • Been saying that for a while. Coincidence the yellow vests calmed down once Macron began grovelling to Putin.

  3. During a test launch of the Russian Topol Intercontinental ballistic missile, the missile flew only 2 thousand kilometers, instead of the declared 12 thousand kilometers of maximum range. The launch was carried out from the territory of the Kapustin Yar rocket launch site to the Sary Shagan testing range in Kazakhstan.

    It is unknown why the Intercontinental ballistic missile that was launched from the territory of the Kapustin Yar test site was tested at a relatively short flight distance. Nevertheless, according to representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry, the tests were successful.

    Russian news outlet, in turn, says that this test could be a part of an alleged work on the production of the Russian military medium-range missiles in response to the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty).

    Washington and NATO believe that the Russian Federation violated the INF Treaty with the 9M729 missile, capable of hitting target at a distance of more than 500 kilometers. The Russian military, in turn, argues that 9M729 cannot overcome the 500-kilometer distance limit. In December 2018, the United States threatened to withdraw from the agreement if Russia did not return to the fulfillment of its contractual obligations within 60 days. After two months, Washington suspended the U.S participation in the INF Treaty agreement.

    The next day, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Moscow’s “mirror response” and instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry and the country’s defense ministry to stop further attempts to initiate negotiations regarding this agreement.

    The General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) Mikhail Gorbachev and the U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed the INF Treaty in 1987. Medium and short-range missiles pose the greatest threat to the world, as they are able to reach the goal within a few minutes and do not leave the enemy a chance to prepare for the strike and repel it.

  4. Macaroon should not be allowed out in public without an armed guard to beat some sense into him when he opens his yap! Who has been letting the muslim terrorists into Frogland and prosecuting people that have spoken against it? Terrorists in Frogland is not a military invasion as envisioned by NATO bylaws. It is abdication by the frog guvment and courts. Tell Macaroon to carry on kissing muslim and Pootlerstan butt!

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