The security of the European Union must no longer depend on the US, French President Emmanuel Macron said. He also called for a review of the security approach towards Europe’s partners, including Russia.

Europe can “no longer” entrust its security to the US alone, the French president said, speaking at the annual French ambassadors’ conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

“It is up to us today to take responsibility and guarantee [the EU’s] security and, therefore, EU sovereignty,” he added.

Speaking about Brexit, he stressed that France wants to maintain “strong relationship” with London but “not at the price of the dissolution” of the EU. It is necessary to build “a strategic partnership” with the UK, he said, adding that he has “the same thought” about EU neighbors Russia and Turkey.

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