October 25, 2021

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First comment from the EU on the submarine crisis and its handling of France

On Monday, September 20, 2021, European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen said that France’s handling of the submarine agreement with Australia in the framework of the US-Australia-British defense alliance was “unacceptable”.

In an interview with CNN, he said, “One of the (EU) members was treated in an unacceptable manner (…). We want to know what happened and why.”

On Wednesday, Washington announced the formation of a strategic defense alliance called “Ogos” in the Indo-Pacific region, which includes the United States, Britain and Australia, ending an important arms deal between France and Australia.

The French agreement to supply conventional submarines to Australia was worth $ 50 billion ($ 36.5 billion or $ 31 billion) when it was signed in 2016.

EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borel on Friday confirmed that the federation had not been informed or consulted about the Indo-Pacific strategic security partnership between Washington, London and Canberra.
The EU foreign ministers will also study the implications of the alliance during the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday evening.

“This is the first opportunity for EU foreign ministers to discuss not only the issue between France and Australia, but also the implications and implications of the full agreement on the implications of the full Australian-UK-US alliance,” said EU Foreign Spokesman Peter. Stano. “The meeting will last two hours, and Borel will make an announcement about it,” he said.

As an expression of its anger, France recalled its ambassador to the United States, as an unprecedented ambassador to Australia, towards this historic ally.

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Australia’s talks came after the announcement of a security partnership agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom called “Ogos”.

The French government was shocked by the deal, which was described by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian as “stabbed in the back.”

Following that, France recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra, a “very unusual” move between the allies.

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