France's deceptive maneuvers with armored vehicles for Ukraine & Armenia

    ANALYTICS  28 May 2024 - 13:24


    This news might seem sensational, but it clearly illustrates the current state of modern France. Recently, France confirmed plans to produce Arquus' Bastion armored vehicles for Ukraine. Arquus CEO Emmanuel Levascheux announced that 11 Bastion series armored vehicles are currently in production. Initially, it was declared in April 2023 that these 11 Bastion armored vehicles would be delivered to Ukraine. However, this order was delayed due to the absence of a specific agreement between France and Ukraine.

    Contrary to the loud claims that some armored vehicles were allocated to Armenia, it appears that the vehicles intended for Armenia will instead be transferred to Ukraine. According to Forces Operations Blog, the transfer is scheduled for July 2024. Arquus representatives also mentioned that they are ready to produce up to 100 additional Bastion vehicles for Ukraine if necessary.

    Back in 2022, there were rumors about the possibility of supplying Bastion armored vehicles to Ukraine. In January 2023, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy even thanked French President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter for the decision to transfer these armored vehicles. However, Macron received thanks for empty promises. The performance of Emmanuel Macron, who never clarified what to thank him for, did not end there.

    It soon emerged that Kyiv rejected the French armored vehicles due to their poor protection against artillery fire and anti-tank missiles. French officials did not disclose this defect, and Emmanuel Levascheux, the current general director of Arquus, continues to avoid addressing this issue, instead praising the product.

    As the band Time Machine sang, there was a new twist. The new batch of Bastions did not go to Armenia. Despite a French Senate report, published as part of the 2024 Finance Bill, stating that France had sent Armenia 24 Bastion armored vehicles and that 26 more were in production, the reality differs.

    Armenian media joyfully reported that the deliveries of military equipment, including Bastion armored vehicles, were the result of negotiations in October 2023 when Armenian Defense Minister Suren Papikyan met with his French counterpart Sebastien Lecornu in Paris. Bilateral cooperation agreements were signed then. Seven months have passed, but as we see now, an agreement does not mean fulfillment, even if ‘sisters’ agree.

    Armenian senior officials are put in a ridiculous light. France has again used its trademark ‘weird trick’, where official Paris receives gratitude in advance but fails to deliver on its promises. It wouldn't be surprising if the French eventually sell the Bastion armored vehicles to some African country.

    France, a co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group, did nothing to contribute to a just settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. Instead, it supported Armenia, especially during and after the 44-day war. The scandalous resolutions of the French Senate, which turned out to be worthless, are not even worth mentioning.

    After the successful counter-terrorist operation in September 2023, official Paris overstepped all bounds of decency. Macron's France failed to harm Azerbaijan, resulting in no significant consequences. The French ambassador was recalled and then returned. She initially refused to visit the liberated territories of Azerbaijan but eventually did. This demonstrates the chaotic and emotional foreign policy of official Paris.

    It is as if France were a 'banana republic' rather than a nuclear power with imperial past and enormous ambitions. This situation exemplifies the results of cooperation with Macron's France, witnessed in Ukraine, now seen in Armenia, and likely to be observed in many other places.

    Caliber.Az

    Subscribe to our Telegram channel


Read also

Central Asia's rare-earth reserves & global geopolitics The new great game

14 June 2024 - 17:50

Turkish naval mission to Japan: A historical & strategic outreach Marking century of diplomacy & Ertuğrul tragedy

14 June 2024 - 15:26

Is the Israel – Hezbollah war in Lebanon real? All out war

14 June 2024 - 12:48

Azerbaijan gears up for digital transformation on the horizon World Economic Forum appreciates Baku's efforts in IT sector

14 June 2024 - 16:26

Azerbaijan sets terms for USA, EU, & Armenia in South Caucasus geopolitics Baku opens the Zangazur Corridor

13 June 2024 - 18:00

From India to Europe via the Middle East Revolutionising trade?

13 June 2024 - 15:03
ADVERTS
Video
Latest news

    Top military brass oversees tactical & special drills with Azerbaijani army's engineering units

    14 June 2024 - 18:38

    Germany to transfer new aid package to Ukraine

    HIMARS, IRIS-T air defence systems

    14 June 2024 - 18:26

    Baku welcomes Belgrade for talks on defence and regional security

    PHOTO/VIDEO

    14 June 2024 - 18:14

    EU, Azerbaijan discuss partnership within COP29

    14 June 2024 - 18:02

    Central Asia's rare-earth reserves & global geopolitics

    The new great game

    14 June 2024 - 17:50

    Israeli defence minister slams French president over Hezbollah comments

    14 June 2024 - 17:38

    Russian defence ministry establishes Volunteer Corps

    Report by UK’s Defence Intelligence

    14 June 2024 - 17:26

    Azerbaijan, Serbia strengthen defence cooperation with high-level talks

    PHOTO

    14 June 2024 - 17:14

    Putin outlines conditions for peace with Ukraine

    14 June 2024 - 17:02

    Greek premier reshuffles Cabinet over party’s dismal EU polls performance

    14 June 2024 - 16:50

    Hamas admits they don’t know how many hostages are still alive

    14 June 2024 - 16:38

    Azerbaijan gears up for digital transformation on the horizon

    World Economic Forum appreciates Baku's efforts in IT sector

    14 June 2024 - 16:26

    Armenia issues protest note to Belarus amid diplomatic tensions

    14 June 2024 - 16:14

    Last bell rings after 32 years in schools of Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli

    PHOTO

    14 June 2024 - 16:14

    Bruised Macron puts on brave face at G7

    14 June 2024 - 16:02

    Azerbaijan approves customs protocol with Kyrgyzstan

    14 June 2024 - 15:50

    Tajik MP suspected of plotting coup d'état

    14 June 2024 - 15:38

    Turkish naval mission to Japan: A historical & strategic outreach

    Marking century of diplomacy & Ertuğrul tragedy

    14 June 2024 - 15:26

    Finland suspects four Russian military planes violated its airspace

    14 June 2024 - 15:14

    Euro 2024 kickoff: Germany to face Scotland in opening match

    14 June 2024 - 15:02

    G-7 pledge to step up action on Russia oil fleet, energy, metals

    14 June 2024 - 14:48

    US Israel’s key intelligence partner in search for hostages

    14 June 2024 - 14:33

    President Aliyev delivers heartfelt Eid al-Adha message to Azerbaijanis worldwide

    14 June 2024 - 14:26

    COP29 Academy to empower young environmental leaders in Azerbaijan

    14 June 2024 - 14:18

    President Aliyev approves military cooperation agreement with Slovakia

    14 June 2024 - 14:13

    Ukraine national team to receive enhanced security measures at EURO 2024

    14 June 2024 - 14:06

    Armenian security chief to attend Ukraine Peace Summit in Switzerland

    14 June 2024 - 13:54

    Hungarian PM unveils NATO plans

    14 June 2024 - 13:42

    Bulgaria's GERB party wins most seats in parliament

    14 June 2024 - 13:30

    Scholz risks losing power if he calls early elections

    14 June 2024 - 13:18

    Oil, natural gas, renewables represent major segments of Azerbaijani energy policy

    Article by The Diplomatic Courier

    14 June 2024 - 13:06

    Armenian PM unveils government’s political will

    14 June 2024 - 12:54

    Is the Israel – Hezbollah war in Lebanon real?

    All out war

    14 June 2024 - 12:48

    Top 10 trading partners in Azerbaijan's foreign trade for early 2024

    Key indicators and trends

    14 June 2024 - 12:42

    Armenian officials barred from visiting Belarus

    14 June 2024 - 12:30

    Armenia exists thanks to Collective Security Treaty Organisation

    Russian experts’ opinions at Caliber.Az

    14 June 2024 - 12:20

    Azerbaijani MP emphasizes need for constitutional changes in Armenia

    14 June 2024 - 12:18

    Revanchist protesters relocate tent camp in Yerevan

    14 June 2024 - 12:06

    Government challenges acquittal of former Pakistan Premier Khan in state secret case

    14 June 2024 - 11:54

    Israel kills senior Hezbollah official following naval strike

    VIDEO

    14 June 2024 - 11:42

All news