Could Russia and France Create Their Own Security Structure?

  • Russia and France could establish own security structure outside of the EU.
  • In June 2020, the senators of Russia and France presented a joint report on bilateral relations to the chairmen of the upper chambers of the parliaments of the two countries.
  • Marcon just met with the leader of Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tichanovskaya.

The Chairman of the French Senate Commission on International Affairs and Defense, Christian Cambon, believes that Russia and France could establish a new European security structure that would differ from NATO. He said this in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper, published on Tuesday.

Christian Cambon is a French member of the Senate (since 2004), constituency of Val-de-Marne department. He is a member of the Les Républicains party, Secretary of the Managing Committee, Deputy-Chairman of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed forces, Chairman of the interparliamentary group France-Morocco.

“I truly believe that. This feature is supported in our report. Moreover, it was named as a priority by the French President Emmanuel Macron at the Bregencon summit, which was dedicated to this topic,” Cambon said, answering a question about the possibility of creating a new structure by France and the Russian Federation.

Cambon seems to believe it is likely France is not going to fixate on the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny. Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron demanded answers pertaining to the Navalny poisoning on Russian soil.

Additionally, Macron just met with the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tichanovskaya, and promised her support. However, in this case, promising support is not the same as actually doing a lot. This would especially be true if what Cambon is pushing for is created.

In June 2020, senators from Russia and France presented a joint report on bilateral relations to the chairmen of the upper chambers of the parliaments of the two countries, Valentina Matvienko and Gerard Larcher, via videoconference. Larcher called the document unique, noting that the Federation Council is the only Assembly with which the French Senate has attempted to prepare a joint report.

“The point of this report is not to stay on paper. It should encourage actions, make progress, provoke evolution through gestures of the joint report of the upper chambers of France and the Russian Federation is an encyclopedic document on the key parameters of the bilateral and global agenda,” said speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.

France–Russia relations date back to the early modern period. According to a 2017 Pew Global Attitudes Project survey, 36% of French people have a favorable view of Russia, with 62% expressing an unfavorable view.

She said this at the talks with the President of the French Senate, Gerard Larcher. Valentina Matvienko, in turn, said that she considers it necessary to continue working on organizing the forum of regions of Russia and France and other joint projects.

Cambon said that there was always a desire to cooperate at the level of the Federation Council and the Senate. “Together with my colleague Konstantin Kosachev and his team in the Federation Council, we have done a great job to detail all aspects of Russian-French cooperation and ways to implement them,” the Senator added.

He clarified that the report consisted of six chapters, where the parties took turns expressing their views on a particular problem. In many cases, the positions were similar. This mainly concerned the fight against terrorism, the security structure in Europe and the world, cultural cooperation, scientific exchange and space exploration. The differences were related to the assessment of the situation around Crimea and Syria.

The French Senator also said that French President Macron may visit Russia immediately after the lifting of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, the EU sanctions discussion related to Russia may not phase Macron.

France has been longing to be a leader. Thus far, Germany asserted itself a leader within the EU, and with Britain leaving the EU, it further strengthened Germany’s position. However, Macron wants to be ahead of the game. It is plausible that France and Russia could end up having symbiotic security dealings.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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