18 May 2022,   17:44
Macron calls for new European Security Framework with NATO, Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe to invest in its own collective security framework in the face of Russian military moves on the bloc’s doorstep. He also called for a “frank” EU dialogue with Russia in his address to the European Parliament at the start of France’s six-month rotating presidency of the European Council, writes France24.

Macron said Europeans needed to build their own collective security pact and re-arm themselves after Russia prompted fears of a Ukraine invasion with a significant troop buildup on the border.

“Europe needs to finally build its own collective security framework on our continent”, - he told lawmakers in Strasbourg in eastern France.

“Security on our continent requires strategic rearmament”, - he said, adding that “frank and demanding” talks with Russia were also required.

At the heart of the framework would be principles agreed with Russia 30 years ago, Macron said – including rejecting the use of force or coercion, giving states the “choice to accede to alliances or bodies that they wish to” and the “rejection of spheres of influence”.