The EU supports France in the conflict with the United States

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Published 22 September 2021 at 07.05

Abroad. EU member states join France in the diplomatic conflict with Australia and the United States, which has entered into a defense alliance with Britain that prompted Australia to withdraw from an agreement on the supply of French submarines.

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The United States announced last week that the countries have entered into a defense agreement with nuclear-powered submarines.

It was then clear that the United States and Australia had gone behind France and signed an agreement on nuclear-powered submarines with partial Australian manufacturing. France thus lost an already settled deal for the supply of diesel-electric attack submarines, which were sold to Australia for the equivalent of SEK 350 billion – an agreement that Australia terminated without warning.

The EU is now completely on France's side in the The ministers expressed clear solidarity with France, said EU High Representative Josep Borrell after the meeting with member states' foreign ministers, which took place in connection with the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York.

According to Borrell, the agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States contradicts the idea of ​​cooperation with the EU in the Indo-Pacific.