The United States intends to ban Europeans from developing their own defense projects, threatening to impose economic and political sanctions. In the State Duma predicted the reaction of the European Union.
Washington believes that the EU’s defense plans threaten cooperation within NATO and waste resources, since the EU and North Atlantic alliance military projects will duplicate each other. This is stated in the letter of the US Deputy Secretary of State Ellen Lord to the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, reports El Pais.
Approved by the rules of the European Defense Fund, which allows you to attract non-EU countries to European defense projects, was severely criticized by the United States. Also in Washington, they condemned the conditions of the program of Permanent Structured Defense Cooperation, which implies a closer interaction of 25 EU member states.
“Behind the US outrage caused by the EU’s plans to develop its own defense sphere, there is the Americans’ desire to continue their occupation policy that began in Europe after the Second World War, ”Anton Morozov, member of the Duma’s international policy committee, commented on Washington’s ultimatum to Brussels because of European defense projects. .
In an interview with the Federal News Agency, the parliamentarian recalled that after World War II, Europe, in fact, was split in two — one part was controlled by the United States and the second by the USSR.
“In the 90s, Soviet troops were withdrawn from Europe. So we abandoned the occupation policy. And the United States continues it. Americans still control financial flows in Europe, its information policy, fearing to lose control over the Europeans.
For the United States, the independence of Europe, provided by its own strong army, will mean the loss of economic and political dividends – there will be no one to sell their weapons and dictate the conditions for how to behave on one or another topical issues of the world agenda. Hence, such shameless pressure on Europe, ”says Anton Morozov.
According to the State Duma deputy, this behavior of the United States does not suit European politicians, but it will not be easy for them to get rid of their dependence on Americans.
“In the ruling European elite there are many supporters of American influence on Europe, who believe that, in spite of everything, the United States bring a positive. Of course, they will defend Washington’s interests in preserving its influence on the EU.
But in the European establishment a group of opponents of the United States is also being formed. And they insist on an independent European policy, including in the defense sphere, and on getting rid of the actual American occupation. I think this will happen in the end. But the process will not be fast and can last for decades, ”the parliamentarian added.