BStem (dpa) – The ME The breach of trust caused by the defense agreement between the United States, Great Britain and Australia is sticking to plans to expand Atlantic cooperation.
EU-Vizekommissionspräsidentin Margaret Vestager And her colleague Waltz Dombrovsky announced on Thursday evening that she would travel to Pittsburgh next week for high-level talks as planned. “Strategic alliances are about developing collective approaches and overcoming difficulties,” they commented.
After the announcement of the new security agreement last week, France in particular questioned whether the EU talks should go as planned. The reason is that the United States agreed to an alliance with Great Britain and Australia without consulting other allies.
It is particularly annoying that the Aukus alliance broke the 56 billion euro submarine agreement between Australia and France for greater security in the Indo-Pacific region for the government in Paris. Australia now wants to buy nuclear submarines with the help of the United States and Great Britain as part of a new alliance. The agreement with France is about diesel-powered submarines.
The EU decision now taken is also symbolic, as it is planned to negotiate with the United States for the first time within the framework of a new trade and technology council. It was at the EU-US summit of the commission chairman in June Ursula van der Leyen And US President Joe Biden, who will serve as a forum for deep-seated trade and economic ties in the Atlantic Ocean based on shared values. For this purpose, close coordination on important global trade, economic and technological issues is required.
For the United States, Foreign Minister Anthony Blingen, Trade Minister Gina Raimondo and Trade Representative Catherine Toy will attend the talks in Pittsburgh. In particular, it will be about current distribution barriers in semiconductors that are important to many industrial sectors.
However, questions about the controversial access protection agreement and possible consequences should be explicitly avoided. A spokesman for the commission said Thursday evening that a press conference was not scheduled after the meeting. The results will be communicated in a joint statement.
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