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France aligning with Russia better protects its security and strategic interests

France continues to pull away from NATO by cooperating with Russia.

Submitted by infoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst…

Discussions on strategic stability and regional crises between representatives of Russia and representatives of the French ministries of Europe, Foreign Affairs and the Armed Forces took place yesterday in Paris. These discussions followed the June 26 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron where they discussed bilateral topics as well as the crises in Libya, Syria, Iran and Ukraine. The meeting between the two came about nearly a year after the French President welcomed his Russian counterpart to Fort Brégançon on August 19, 2019 shortly before the G7 summit in Biarritz.

This meeting is part of the increasing cooperation between Russia and France, with the latter acting as a driving force for normalizing relations between Moscow and the European Union. In a press release, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs indicated that these discussions were organized as part of the upcoming Franco-Russian Cooperation Council on Security Issues meeting which is to bring together the French and Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers.

“Taking place within a framework defined by two special presidential envoys, Ambassador Yuri Ushakov and Ambassador Pierre Vimont, this meeting focused on the implementation of the trust and security agenda launched at the behest of President Macron and his Russian counterpart last summer,” the press release said.

According to the French statement, “these consultations also addressed the political and military aspects of various regional and international crises such as the situations in Iran, Libya, Syria and on the African continent, and the geopolitical implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

It appears that France wants to work with Russia to protect its interests that are contrary to those of the U.S., such as the defeat of the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli and France slowly normalizing relations with Syria after many years of aggression started by former President Nicolas Sarkozy and continued by François Hollande.

This suggests that France under Macron acknowledges a changing world system and does not want to be left behind in the old unipolar world. Sarkozy brought France back into NATO’s fold when Charles de Gaulle split from the alliance 40-years earlier, but it is Macron that is bringing back de Gaulle’s desire for French independent decision making and is why Paris wants normalized relations with Moscow today.

Macron’s opinions against NATO are well established. It is also well established that Washington views NATO as a tool to oppose and contain Russia, so-much-so that America’s top think-tanks like RAND ignore NATO’s deep divisions in the hope that the alliance will unite to oppose Russian influence. This demonstrates how divorced Washington is from the realities on the ground and shows why they have little influence over events in Syria and Libya.

NATO is a Washington-controlled organization and is in opposition to France’s strategic and security interests, which are increasingly becoming aligned with Russia’s. In Libya, France is finding the inundation of tens of thousands of Turkish-backed jihadists unacceptable, while the U.S. continues to give legitimacy to the Muslim Brotherhood Government of National Accord that are recipient to these radical Islamist fighters. Such a large jihadist force is not only a direct security threat to France as they are now on the doorstep of Europe, but also a strategic threat as these forces are also on the doorstep of France’s former colonies – Chad, Tunisia, Algeria and Niger, which Paris still sees as its sphere of influence. As France’s security and strategic interests are being challenged by Turkey, which has rhetorical support from the U.S., Paris is finding more common ground with Moscow who also has a vested interest in oil and construction contracts in Libya, and perhaps another foothold in the Mediterranean to have influence.

Meanwhile, Paris is slowly thawing its frozen relations with Damascus, using Moscow as a catalyst. Although Macron has been critical of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he has realized that Turkish backing of terrorist organizations in what was France’s former colony is a far larger security and strategic threat to France then the Syrian leader. Thousands of French jihadists flocked to Syria and Iraq at the height of the Islamic State in 2015, mostly entering these two countries via Turkey where they also received arms, training and finance. Their return to France is a major security threat.

In fact, it was because of the U.S.’ evacuation of northern Syria to allow the Turks to control it that triggered Macron’s famous NATO “brain death” comment. Although Russia and Turkey have a cold truce in Syria, it is also the source of a deep division as Turkey unrelentingly continues to back jihadist forces while Russia continues to back the Syrian government. The U.S. remains on the side of Turkey, triggering another point for France to align closer to Russia to strengthen their mutual interests.

With these deep divisions between NATO members, France and Russia will continue strengthening their relations as there are only mutual benefits. Paris is working towards normalizing Moscow’s relations with the European Union, and as the world’s financial centers begin shifting to the East, a contiguous landmass from Lisbon to Vladivistok is needed to propel Europe into the realities of 21st century multipolarity. It is for this reason that bilateral relationship building between Paris and Moscow will continue, and as France is one of the major EU powers, it will reflect on EU policy despite inevitable opposition from EU minnows like Poland and the Baltic States.

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robert
robert
July 18, 2020

“History never repeats itself but it rhymes,” said Mark Twain (maybe)

FR is afraid that DE and RU are going to tie the knot. “Same church, different pew” same as in the early 1900’s (and maybe before).

Olivia Kroth
July 18, 2020

Beware of the French! They are false, not to be trusted. They pretend to be friendly, in a slimy way, then stab you in the back. They are certainly not trustworty allies in politics.

Running with Scissors
Running with Scissors
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 19, 2020

Well, they’d have to sink pretty darn low in those departments to match that NATO member across the seas.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Running with Scissors
July 19, 2020

The French are sinking, have almost hit the sewer now …

Slavonac
Slavonac
July 18, 2020

Just one word: Mistrals!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Slavonac
July 18, 2020

Yes! The cheating and cowardly French are no adequate business partners for Russia. They will cheat and lie, instead of delivering goods that have been paid for.

Stupid is as Stupid does
Stupid is as Stupid does
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 21, 2020

They should rename all their wine ‘Bulgarian’. Another easy to make fold fellow.

Black Picard
July 18, 2020

France is a failed state.
They have serious issues with the Yellow Vests who have legitimate concerns that are being ignored by the queer bankster vassal Macron.

I still consider French citizens to be FAR MORE grounded & woke than their ignorant British, American & Canadian counterparts. France has a more authentic democracy compared to the others I mentioned. But somehow this bankster fag got selected.

I believe Marine Le Pen was out of her league in head to head debates against Macron. She really needs to step up her political game before its too late.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Black Picard
July 18, 2020

France is a totally failed state! Financially and morally bankrupt!

Fitzpons
Fitzpons
July 18, 2020

I don’t imagine the Russians are under any illusions about Macron, whose only real interest is advancing his own interests. He’s compared himself to Napoleon in the past and now he’s trying to ape De Gaulle. Neither of them would have employed him as a valet. However, it is clearly in Russia’s interest to weaken NATO, and feeding Macron’s ego to that purpose, can only help along the decay. Much more significant than Macron’s posturing is whether Germany can withstand American pressure and allow Nordsteam 2 to complete. The omens look good at the moment, and once Merkel has finally… Read more »

Blaq Jaq Shallaq
Blaq Jaq Shallaq
July 18, 2020

How many gears does a french tank have?

One forward and seven reverse.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Blaq Jaq Shallaq
July 19, 2020

Yeah but they will never need any of those gears because the tank is rusty and broken.

Stupid is as Stupid does
Stupid is as Stupid does
July 21, 2020

Let’s see how France handles the Nord Stream sanction debacle. Will it fold?

You can’t make up the level of stupidity coming out of the WH. ‘Gotta stop NS2 because it’ll put billions in Putin’s pocket.”

So, what’s that mean? They’re telling Ukraine to shut off their pipeline too, or just an OK from Pompino to steal the gas again?

I assume the Europeans see through this crap. But will they grow a pair?

What’s in a name? Nothing, if the Woke don’t like it

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