HELSINKI – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday: "We need to rethink European security architecture as he advocates a continental-wide effort to establish a strategic partnership with our closest neighbors"
Macron wants Europe to take responsibility for its own defense so that it does not have to rely so much on the United States for its own security.
During an official visit to Finland, Macron said "Our interest with both Turkey and Russia has a strategic partnership that will make it possible to stabilize relations with the European Union in the long term. "
Maron added:" We must continue to update our relationship with Russia until the end of the Cold War " that old habits become mistakes or misunderstandings in the last two Decades have led. "
That was something he discussed in May in St. Petersburg with Russian President Vladimir Putin. [1
Macron, who said that "NATO remains an important alliance," added that "it also makes Europe a model, a model of what the challenges of globalization are."
He and Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila later said in a joint statement that "the European intervention initiative" should strengthen Europeans' ability to work together with their existing security frameworks, including EU or NATO operations ,
Macron met in Helsinki with Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Juha Sipila during the second leg of a Nordic tour, which also took him to Copenhagen, Denmark.
While Finland expressed its interest in making Macron's plan for closer European de-facto For a close cooperation, Denmark is limited by its defense-disengagement clause in its EU relations, which keeps it out of military affairs.
Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark contributed to this report