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EU defense ambitions should not duplicate NATO, - Stoltenberg

Source : 112 Ukraine

Official's remarks came a day after reports of Germany, along with four other EU states, launching an initiative to establish an EU-wide crisis reaction force, inspired by the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco
18:10, 24 October 2021

Jens Stoltenberg
NATO

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the Alliance welcomed the increased defense efforts by the European Union, DW reported.

Official's remarks came a day after reports of Germany, along with four other EU states, launching an initiative to establish an EU-wide crisis reaction force, inspired by the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco. 

"NATO's cooperation with the EU has already reached "an unprecedented level," Stoltenberg said at a press conference following a meeting with the alliance's defense ministers. 

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Stoltenberg welcomed the increasing defense ambitions of EU states but said these should not "duplicate" NATO structures.

"What is needed are more capabilities, not new structures," Stoltenberg said. "Our trans-Atlantic alliance remains the bedrock for our security."

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