France and Germany will begin talks next week on how proportionate and coordinated responses could be needed against Russia, Sergei Skripal was in the case of a Russian double agent and daughter in England poisoning, said Emmanuel Macron in Brussels on Friday.
French President Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, announced at a press conference after the two-day summit of EU heads of state and government that what has been done requires joint action and a coordinated EU response.
He underlined that there could be no exaggerated expectations regarding the findings of the Experts of the Chemical Weapons Organization (OPCW), as they only provide technical opinions on the compound used, and do not call for rapporteurs. The result of the test can not tingle, it will not significantly affect the position that has emerged so far, he said.
Europe will not negotiate “head to arms”, Macron said in response to the announcement by the United States that it would defend its defense against steel and aluminum imported from the European Union. Washington’s response to the exemption from elevated duties until 1 May is “not considered adequate”. Europe does not want to pursue a trade war, it is still a supporter of multilateral trade, which should be helped and not weakened. The European Union will provide an appropriate and proportionate response to the adoption of the contested measure. Europe can not be the weakest link, “he added.
Angela Merkel confirmed at the press conference that there is no other reasonable explanation, that is to say, that Britain can not be called into question by the EU’s support for the EU that it is “very likely” that Russia is responsible for the attack on neurons. Germany and France agree that more decisive steps may be needed for the decision of EU heads of state or government to resubmit the EU ambassador to Russia in Moscow. Next week, Berlin and Paris will discuss coordinated steps, he said.
Merkel said he expects serious progress and unity of member states in the next EU summit in June, with regard to the common asylum system. One of the central topics of the conference will be migration, the goal is to create a common, solidarity immigration policy that is currently heavily opposed by the Eastern European countries, “he added.