A meeting between French Defense Minister Florence Barley and his British counterpart Ben Wallace this week was canceled at the request of Paris, sources close to the French ministry said on Sunday. France-Press.
After the French side decided to cancel it, the source pointed out that “the meeting scheduled for this week in London (…) will not be held”.
The meeting between France and the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom was canceled amid a crisis on Wednesday after the three countries announced the launch of a strategic partnership to confront China, which includes the delivery of nuclear power to Canberra. Powerful submarines, thus the Australian side withdrew from the contract for the purchase of French submarines.
The deal to supply France with conventional submarines to Australia was worth $ 50 billion ($ 36.5 billion or $ 31 billion) when it was signed in 2016.
The agreement was repeatedly described as an “age agreement” due to its size and strategic importance.
It is not possible to confirm or deny information about the cancellation of the meeting from a source in the British Ministry of Defense.
“The United Kingdom is in constant contact with France in connection with these meetings,” the source said, emphasizing its seriousness in “close and fruitful security relations with France” and describing it as a “reliable friendship”.
The submarine file led to unprecedented diplomatic tensions between France and the three NATO nations. On Saturday
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