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NATO - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (20.03.19)

Q : U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned the possibility of Brazil becoming a member of NATO. Is this a viable option from a European perspective?
A : NATO is an alliance of nations bound together by a collective defense clause, the geographical scope of application of which is clearly defined by the Washington Treaty of April 4, 1949.
Within the framework of its cooperative security mission aimed at strengthening international stability and improving the security of allies, NATO can (…)

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France is committed to the principle of national independence and mindful of the need to protect its interests in the world and uphold democratic values. It pays special attention to its defence policy and has constantly adapted it to changing threats and developments in the international environment.

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Rafale Marine in flight
during the Agapanthe exercise
in the Indian Ocean, spring 2004.
Photo: Sirpa Marine

The strategic situation has changed radically. There has been a lasting deterioration in the international situation with greater unpredictability, a very substantial aggravation of risks stemming from the continuing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and a shift in the scale of terrorist threats. Europe’s defence policy has developed with France’s active support and implies a greater commitment to building up European military capabilities.