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Sarkozy says yes to Medvedev's proposal for a security pact

(B2) There was a lot of interest on Friday, during the European Union summit with Russia, in Nicolas Sarkozy's comments on anti-missiles.

« We can continue between Europe and Russia to threaten each other with shields, missiles, etc. It will do nothing for Russia, it will do nothing for Georgia and it will do nothing for Europe. It's not our view of things. I am fully prepared to account for this. It seems to me, moreover, that I am supported by the vast majority of European States “he specified in particular.

This provoked a reaction in Prague, more discreet in Warsaw. But this was nothing new. Already in July, during a press conference at the European Parliament, Sarkozy regretted the lonesome of the two eastern countries and explained that at least a collective discussion had to take place (read: US missile shield, a European issue says Sarkozy).

On this occasion, he said he was interested in the proposal from Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for a Security Pact. This time he went further. The Frenchman proposed to discuss it together during a summit which would take place in June or July. In the meantime, all projects will have to be frozen. deployment of shields, of missiles which does nothing for security, which complicates things, which rather makes them retreat ».

“As President of the European Council, I propose that in mid-2009 we come together in a framework that could be the OSCE to lay the foundations for what future European security could be. We all have an interest in this security on the continent and a little further than the continent because this would bring together the Russians, the Americans and the Europeans, within the framework of the OSCE in mid-2009. […] It goes without saying that this is a proposal for which we will consult with our American allies. It turns out that there will be a NATO summit in April, that this NATO summit will be held in Kehl and Strasbourg, that it will be a perfect opportunity to prepare for what could be an OSCE summit on these questions, for example in June or July.”

To which Medvedev replied: “The negotiations of this period have demonstrated that the security mechanisms in Europe are not perfect. This is why we returned to this idea of ​​a Global Treaty. I see that this idea is starting to please a growing number of elected officials in the European Union. Regarding the participation of all parties in this pan-European security area, this would be the working principle for the future, rules for the future. […] NATO and the European Union, the CIS and other organizations must be able to come together and discuss all these issues. In this context, I absolutely agree that before signing a special comprehensive agreement on security, we must all refrain from unilateral measures that would influence this security. Russia has never made unilateral decisions. All the decisions that we have prepared, including the decisions that I spoke about recently, are the reaction to the measures of a few European states which, without consulting anyone, agreed to deploy resources in their territory. But if you are ready to cooperate, then you must do it. And the European Union can play a very constructive coordinating role. »


(Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs © MAEE / F. de la Mure)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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