Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, issued a demand on Wednesday for the West to provide “tangible and credible” security assurances to Ukraine as it fights off an invasion by Russia.
Macron stated in Bratislava that it is in the interest of the West for Ukraine to receive security assurances from NATO. He emphasized that Ukraine “is today protecting Europe” in making his statement.
“That is why I am in favor, and this will be the subject of collective talks in the following weeks… to offer tangible and credible security guarantees to Ukraine,” he added. “This is the subject of collective talks in the following weeks.”
He suggested that several different NATO nations might be able to provide similar assurances in the interim as Ukraine waits to join the alliance.
According to what Macron had to say, “We need to build something between the security provided to Israel and full-fledged membership.”
The President of France is currently on a state visit to Slovakia, where he just gave a speech at an event that was put on by the think tank Globsec, which focuses on international affairs.
This event, which will focus on various regional security concerns, will take place in the days leading up to the NATO summit that will be held in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, on July 11-12.
Macron recalled that he had once referred to the Western defense alliance as being “brain dead.” However, he stated that Russia’s invasion the previous year “had jolted NATO awake.”
Macron stated that “we need to help Ukraine today with all means to carry out an effective counter-offensive” against Russian forces. “We need to help Ukraine with all means to carry out an effective counter-offensive.”
“At the moment, that is the course of action we are taking. We need to step up our efforts because the events that are going to take place over the next few months present a possibility even for… a peace that will last.
In addition to this, Macron urged the member states of the EU to purchase European weaponry and develop in-depth strike capabilities.
He stated, “It is up to us Europeans to in the future have our own ability to defend ourselves,” and I quote: “It is our responsibility.”
“It is imperative that there be a Europe of defense that functions as a cornerstone inside NATO. He explained that this was the only way to maintain one’s credibility “in the long run.”