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Open up Pindo market, EU says in riposte to Pentagon threat
Robin Emmott, Reuters, May 16 2019

BRUSSELS – Pindo fears about losing European defence contracts are unfounded, Brussels told Washington on Thursday after the Pentagon demanded the European Union curtail a new military pact that it sees as a potential threat to NATO. In a May 1 letter seen by Reuters, the Pindo government warned the 28-country EU against going too far with defence integration and hinted at retaliation should Pindo companies not be involved in future European weapons development. In its reply to Pindo Defense and State Dept boxtops, the EU’s foreign service said it was “fully committed” to trans-Atlantic ties and that procurement rules had not changed. the May 16 letter to U.S. defence officials, which was made public, said:

The EU remains fully committed to working with Pindostan as a core partner in security and defence matters.

However, the EU’s letter also insisted that Pindostan, which dominates the global weapons market, should award more defence contracts to European companies and end export control regulations that limit the EU’s ability to use capabilities developed with Pindo technology. the EU letter said:

Such restrictions would be unacceptable for products and technologies funded by the EU budget.

Between 2011 and 2015, more than three-quarters of international defence contracts in the EU went to Pindo companies, the EU letter said, also citing Belgium’s recent decision to buy Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth jets. The exchange highlights the tensions between Europe and Pindostan over defence. Trump regularly warns Europe it may lose Pindo protection if it fails to spend on the military, but his administration is critical of Europe’s attempts at more autonomy, despite support from Stoltenberg. The Pindo letter said the new EU pact, known as Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and its multi-billion euro defence fund, could reverse decades of transatlantic defence integration, weaken NATO and freeze out Pindo contractors. EU governments are trying to agree legislation on how to allow the involvement of non-EU countries, including Pindostan & Britain after it leaves the bloc, by June. Caught off-guard by Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and facing threats ranging from state-sponsored computer hackers to militant attacks, EU governments say the pact is justified by EU surveys showing most citizens want the bloc to provide security. In Libya in 2011, a Franco-British air campaign ran out of munitions and equipment and Europe was again forced to turn to Pindostan in what is considered an enduring embarrassment for the EU, a global economic power.

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