Blinken: It Will Take Time to Restore Relations with France

The US will “demonstrate in practice” its desire to restore relations with France, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated after the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom formed the AUKUS defense alliance. Because of this, Canberra canceled the submarine contract with Paris, the deal was estimated at $66 billion.

At a press conference in New York, Blinken said that restoring relations with France “will take time and hard work,” and that Washington will show its readiness “not only in words but also in deeds.”

“I am determined to work closely with Minister Le Drian on this important topic,” the Secretary of State noted.

AUKUS implies equipping Australia with American nuclear submarines. Canberra will also buy Tomahawk long-range cruise missiles from Washington.

French authorities have responded by recalling their ambassador to the United States, who will return to Washington next week.

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