According to Putin, a European army is in order.

French President Emmanuel Macron advocated the creation of a European Defense Force (EDF) four years ago .

A counterweight to the NATO alliance that he and other EU leaders thought was being held captive by the United States.

For example, there was a split between Trump and Macron at the time .

 An eventual reconciliation between the French president and the German chancellor, who was then Merkel.

Macron's plan, however, did not go any farther. Until recently.

It will all come to fruition on Thursday.

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