French President Emmanuel Macron announced that it is necessary to create a "real European army", "taking into account Russia, China and even the United States.", reports DW.
According to him, without their own army, Europeans will not be able to defend themselves. Russia stands at our borders, and this can be a threat," he added.
Noting that “peace in Europe is fragile,” the president recalled attacks in cyberspace and repeated attempts to “interfere in democratic processes”. At the same time, Macron stressed that the United States cannot be the only defense of the EU because if America withdraws from the Intermediate-Range and Short-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the European security can become the “main victim”.
On October 20, 2018, it was reported that the U.S. wants to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty concluded at the end of the 80s between the presidents of the USA and the USSR Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Russia disapproved such actions of the United States, stating that if America continues unilaterally withdrawing from the international agreements, the Russian Federation will take retaliatory measures, including military ones.
On October 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if the U.S. ships medium-range and shorter-range missiles (INF) to Europe, the Russian Federation will have to respond with the same actions.