The US responded to the newly elected president of Argentina with a threat. Alberto Fernández’s plan ‘Argentina without hunger’, which includes the renegotiation of the debt with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a strategy, found a ruthless answer from the US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin.
Europe is not a trendsetter, and in any case is not an exporter of security. Unlike say, even Turkey. Europe, and France, are far from (standards set by) Russia in terms of bringing security (to a region). Where did France prove itself as a guarantor of security? Which state did France stabilise? Which state has the EU stabilised?
Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU and European states trying to undermine their role in keeping the world a safe place.
There are other similar cases that "France and Germany do nothing to enforce respect of the Minsk Agreements by Ukraine", or that it's "the Soviet Union who kept the world from complete disaster and complete wildness".
France advocates a significantly stronger Defence Europe, as reflected in various frameworks (bilateral and “plurilateral” cooperation between European States, the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).
Following the Maastricht Treaty, which established the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) in 1993, the Franco-British Summit in Saint-Malo laid the foundations for a European defence and security policy in 1998. The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) was created the following year with a view to developing the European Union’s role in managing international crises through humanitarian, evacuation, peacekeeping and intervention tasks (also known as Petersberg tasks).
For example, in 2003, this policy took tangible shape in the field with the Artemis Operation, formally known as the European Union Force (EUFOR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As part of this operation, which was under French command, 2,300 European soldiers helped stop massacres in Ituri, to the north-east of the country.
The European Intervention Initiative, which was announced by the French President on 26 September 2017 and launched on 25 June 2018, seeks to develop a common European strategic culture. The goal is to build European capacities to jointly conduct military operations and missions, within ad hoc or multilateral frameworks (EU, NATO, UN), for all of the crises capable of affecting European security.