Sunday 15 December 2019

Macron calls for strategic talks on Nato's future ahead of UK summit

French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Rosa Lafarge

Nato leaders must have a deep discussion about the future of the military alliance and how ties with Russia can be improved, French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday.

Ahead of a summit of Nato leaders in London next week, Mr Macron held discussions with Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg in Paris.

At a joint press conference, Mr Macron posed a series of questions about Nato, an organisation that he termed as "brain dead" just a few weeks ago, a charge that was criticised by others within the alliance.

"Nato is an organisation of collective defence.

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"Against what, against who is it defending itself?

"Who is our common enemy?

"What are our common topics?" he said.

"This question deserves clarifications."

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