France angered by the U.S. defense agreement with Britain and Australia
Because of the agreement, France lost a $40 billion submarine development deal with Australia.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused U.S. President Joe Biden of stabbing her in the back with his alliance with Australia and Britain. This was reported by Reuters on Thursday, September 16.
Because of the announced U.S.-British-Australian partnership, the latter has rejected a $40 billion submarine development agreement with France.
"This cruel, unilateral, and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr. Trump did," Le Drian told France Info radio.
"I am angry and upset. This is not the way things are done between allies," the minister added.
As the agency notes, Australia chose the French shipbuilding company Naval Group in 2016 to build a new $40 billion submarine fleet to replace Collins submarines that are more than two decades old. Two weeks ago, Australia's defense and foreign affairs ministers confirmed the agreement with France. And in June, French President Emmanuel Macron praised decades of future cooperation while receiving Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
"This is a stab in the back. We created a relationship of trust with Australia, and that trust has been undermined," Le Drian stressed.
For his part, Biden said the day before that France remained "a key partner in the Indo-Pacific," while Australia's foreign minister said he hoped to continue "close and positive cooperation" with France.
EU foreign policy spokesman Peter Stano said the EU had not been informed of the creation of the U.S.-British-Australian alliance.
"In fact, the EU has not been informed about this project or initiative. We are now in contact with these partners to get more information," Stano said.
Finally, European Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant stressed that the creation of an alliance between the U.S., Britain, and Australia does not undermine the EU's bilateral relationship with those states.
"The creation of this alliance does not affect the EU's relations with these states in any negative way," Spinant said.
Recall that the U.S., Britain, and Australia have created an alliance. Within the framework of the new alliance, the countries will exchange advanced technologies, including military ones. The first initiative within the framework of the alliance will be the creation of nuclear submarines for Australia.
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