Marine Le Pen and Fabien Roussel would not leave NATO’s integrated command during the war in Ukraine
Marine Le Pen, like Fabien Roussel, will wait before stepping away from NATO. The candidate of the National Rally (RN), if elected president in a few weeks, assured last night that she would not leave the integrated command of NATO until the war in Ukraine is over, but that she would do so later.
“We are not going to do it while there is a war in a European country”said the RN presidential candidate on CNews, when asked about the exit from the integrated command of the Atlantic Alliance, while Russia has invaded Ukraine for a month.
“We must not give the signal. There is no question especially at this time of leaving the Western camp but it will have to be done”added the far-right candidate, who was received by Vladimir Putin in 2017 and whose party continues to repay a loan to a Russian creditor.
She justified this exit from NATO’s integrated command, meeting on Thursday in Brussels for an extraordinary summit, by the fact that “It is not the DNA of our country not to be independent, and not to work to have a complete army format”. “Our army has rested a bit under the NATO umbrella, we said to ourselves ‘we don’t need to make big budgetary efforts (…) of investments because in any case we have NATO ””she justified.
Instead of a ” reinforcement “ of NATO in Europe, she said she would prefer “that the various European countries, through cooperation agreements, be able to assume their own defence”. The candidate reiterated her opposition to the sanctions against Russia which would have “for consequences of destroying the French economy”.
For his part, Fabien Roussel also reaffirmed last night his desire to leave the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the long term, which he said he wanted to dissolve, while considering that it will be necessary, at the time of the end of the conflict in Ukraine, building a “other collective security treaty”.
“We will have to, all together, discuss again our international organizations and these treaties which did not work. So, how do we set up, on the scale of the European continent – and we will see what we will do with Russia at that time – a collective security treaty?said Fabien Roussel yesterday on France 2. “But before that, I think we will have to agree on a common foreign and security policy, because today we don’t even agree on that”continued the deputy from the North.