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German politicians reject Macron’s comments on possible future security architecture in Europe

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Mr Macron clarified during his televised interview aired on Saturday, among other things, that he discussed the future security architecture in Europe with US President Joe Biden during his recent visit to the US.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s views on Europe’s possible future security architecture appeared to be rejected on Sunday by politicians from all three parties in Germany’s ruling coalition, the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the Liberals. Democrats (FDP).

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Niels Schmitt, the SPD’s foreign policy expert, told Sunday’s edition of Die Welt newspaper that Mr Macron’s positions were “surprising”, judging that NATO had “never threatened” Russia, but instead “created a common framework for security issues”.

The issue now, Mr. Schmidt added, is to ensure European security vis-à-vis Russia. “As long as Russia pursues an imperialist foreign policy, no pan-European security order that includes it is possible,” he said.

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Mr Macron clarified during his televised interview aired on Saturday, among other things, that he discussed the future security architecture in Europe with US President Joe Biden during his recent visit to the US.

“One of the key points we have to look at — because President (Russia’s Vladimir) Putin always raises it — is his concern about NATO coming to his door and developing weapons that could threaten Russia.” , the French president explained.

“This issue will be one of the factors for peace and therefore we have to prepare it: what are we ready to do, how will we protect our allies and member countries while offering guarantees to Russia for its own security, on the day that will come to the table” of the negotiations, analyzed Mr. Macron.

FDP foreign policy expert Ulrich Lechte praised Mr. Macron’s diplomatic efforts, but pointed out that “the basic condition for such negotiations is the will of Russia and Ukraine” and that the aggressor is “Russia.”

Juergen Tritin of the Greens also remarked, speaking to Sunday’s Velt, that “security guarantees are important” but they cannot be “unilateral”, insisting that “those who demand them must first give guarantees for the security of Ukraine ».

Johan Vandeful of the Christian Democrats (CDU, official opposition) described Mr. Macron’s positions as very “problematic”, adding that they are “turning things around”, because it is Ukraine that needs security guarantees. He criticized the French president and called it “regrettable” that he reproduces “Russia’s propaganda” when he “presents NATO as a source of security concern.”

For his part, Tino Krupala of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) group praised Mr. Macron’s position and complained that “initiatives that have been needed for a long time are being taken from Paris and not from Berlin”, which according to him exposes the governing coalition.

Jan Korte of the party The Left (Die Linke), for his part, called it necessary to study the proposals of the French president.

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