UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — During interventionist declarations, French Defense Minister Florence Parly threatened to strike Syria once again, defending the idea of French President Emmanuel Macron that the establishment of a “real European army” should ” never be seen as a gesture against the United States.
Sputnik quoted French defense minister Florence Parly as saying on Monday that the country’s support for its transatlantic ally, the United States, added that Paris would attack Syria again if it deemed it necessary.
“I have a bigger message, a simple message: you can count on us. We will be there not only for the wars of today, but also for those of tomorrow. […] When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons, France and the United Kingdom stood alongside the United States to conduct precision strikes on chemical manufacturing facilities. We will do it again, if necessary, “said Parly.
The French minister’s interventionist statements came as the French artillery unit, supported by the US Air Force, was constantly pounding Baghouz in the middle of a total media blackout.
It should not be forgotten either that the French President threatened, on February 13, to strike Syria in the event of genuine evidence on the chemical nature of the recent attacks on Eastern Ghouta. His Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yve Le Drian, did the same.
On April 14, 2018, the United States, France and the United Kingdom fired more than 100 missiles at several targets in Syria, justifying the strike as a reprisal for the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. against civilians in Duma during an attack that allegedly took place on 7 April.
The Syrian authorities, for their part, repeatedly denied the accusations, claiming that the attack was organized by armed groups to justify possible foreign intervention in Syria.
Florence Parly has defended the proposal of French President Emmanuel Macron to constitute a European army, a concept that has aroused the indignation of his master White House, Donald Trump.
“Autonomy should be a variant of friendship and European autonomy should not encourage the United States to be less engaged. On the contrary, the United States and Europe have more in common than anyone else. […] We are waging the same wars, “said the French minister.
Parly added that the idea should “never be seen as a gesture against the United States” and is not intended to distort the terms of the Transatlantic Alliance treaty, but to lighten Washington’s burden.
“We must intervene without waiting for the United States to pay the bill,” she said.
In November 2018, President Trump reprimanded his French counterpart for his idea of building a European Union army to protect the continent “against China, Russia and even the United States”, and insisted that European states pay their fair share for NATO first. Trump also said Macron’s proposal was “insulting” to Washington.
Macron raised this idea in an interview on Europe 1 radio. “We will not protect Europeans if we do not decide to form a real European army,” the French president said, adding that the “main victim” of the US withdrawal of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty would be Europe.
Trump has consistently criticized NATO member states for failing to meet their annual defense spending obligations in the alliance. At the NATO summit in Brussels last July, the US president had asked them to raise spending to 4% of GDP, instead of the current target of 2%.
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