German defense minister calls Macron comments on US 'unfortunate'

German defense minister calls Macron comments on US
# 13 April 2023 16:56 (UTC +04:00)

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius on Thursday, April 13, criticized French President Emmanuel Macron's warning against Europe being a "vassal" of the United States as "unfortunate", APA reports citing Le Monde.

Asked on a visit to Mali by German public broadcaster ZDF about Macron's controversial remarks, Pistorius said: "I found this comment unfortunate but I think the Elysée Palace has corrected it somewhat. We have never been in danger of becoming or being a vassal of the United States," the minister added.

Pistorius said it was key for the European Union to be "able to speak on foreign policy and security policy and to determine its own positions, also in consultation with the transatlantic ally, the US." "That is our task and it doesn't help driving wedges between the various stances – or allowing them to be driven – in the end that only helps Chinese foreign policy," he said.