NATO needs to focus on fighting the world’s biggest threat – terrorism, and not Russia, French Senator Yves Pozzo di Borgo told Radio Sputnik.
In the wake of Thursday night’s deadly truck attack in Nice, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed his solidarity with the people of France.
In an interview with Radio Sputnik French Senator Yves Pozzo di Borgo said that this is all very nice, but the West needs to actually to focus more on fighting Daesh instead of turning on Russia.
“There is one thing NATO should realize – Russian security services are our major partners and our primary goal is to fight Daesh instead of creating a holy alliance against Russia,” said the Corsican-born Senator representing the city of Paris for the Centrist Union of Democrats and Independents.
“We need to coordinate our actions with Europe. Europol and Eurojust must become federal structures to operate more efficiently. We need to work together with US security services and those in Maghreb and with Russian services.”
He also praised Russia’s prominent role in the ongoing effort to weed out the scourge of terrorism in various parts of the world.
“Russians are incredibly efficient in their fight against terrorists. This is our primary goal now and we can achieve it only by working together,” he emphasized.
Responding to a pledge by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to his across-the-board support in the war on terror, Yves Pozzo di Borgo complained about the EC’s refusal to finance military training and called for greater “federalization” and better financing of European security structures.
“The European Commission says it is investing in security. It’s a lie!” the Senator added.
When asked about the European countries’ role in the ongoing war on terror, Yves Pozzo di Borgo said that individual countries should have more say in the work being done by organizations like Europol and Eurojust.
“Europe should be more involved in this. The [European] countries are coordinating their actions, the French Interior Minister is doing a pretty good job here, but much, much more still needs to be done!” the Senator emphasized.