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Australia defends the handling of French submarine transactions

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Sydney — Australia defended the cancellation of the French submarine contract on Sunday and said the government had expressed concern in Paris for months as the New Deal between the United States and Britain continued to fuel the multinational diplomatic crisis.

“I don’t regret the decision to put Australia’s national interest first,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Australia broke the 2016 agreement with the French Navy group, built a fleet of conventional submarines, and on Thursday in a trilateral security partnership using US and British technology to at least eight nuclear submarines. Announced plans to build.


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The move infuriated France, a NATO ally of the United States and Britain, and urged them to recall their ambassadors -clear-france -Possibilities-Abandonment-Submarines-Trading-2021-09-17 From Washington and Canberra. It is also China, Indo-Pacific region.

Morrison said he understands France’s disappointment with the cancellation of orders-worth $ 40 billion in 2016 and is believed to cost much more today-but Australia I repeated that I always had to make decisions for the best interests.


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“This was an issue I raised directly a few months ago, and I continued to talk about these issues, including the Defense Minister,” Morrison told the briefing.

The new trilateral agreement puts Washington in an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with France, and analysts said it could cause permanent damage to the US alliance between France and Europe, and was unified. Questioning the front line -break-up-blow-bidens-china-focused-alliance-rebuilding-2021-09-18 US President Joe Biden in China What has been done to counter the growing power of the United States.

Paris calls cancellation a back stab wound 18, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the relationship between the United States and Australia was in “crisis.”


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Morrison said he notified France about the New Deal Wednesday at 8:30 pm. He, Byden, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced it at 7 am Canberra time on Thursday (2100 GMT on Wednesday).

Defense Minister Peter Dutton told France that Australia was “candid, frank and honest” about the concern.

“The proposal that concerns were not reported by the Australian Government frankly ignores what is in public records, and certainly what they have said publicly over the long term,” Dutton said. I told the news.

He refused to reveal the cost of the new deal, simply saying that it wouldn’t be a cheap project.

(Report by Lydia Kelly of Melbourne and John Mare of Sydney, edited by William Mallard)


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