The EU and NATO agreed to step up cooperation in security and defense programs. That was the topic of discussions between leaders of the blocs Federica Mogherini and Jens Stoltenberg as they met during EU foreign ministers session in Brussels. European External Action Service reported this on December 6.
The officials talked through the most burning challenges for the global security: countering hybrid threats, operational cooperation including maritime issues; cyber security and defence, defence capabilities, parallel and coordinated exercises and defence and security capacity-building.
“The decisions are… a major step forward. I would say that today we start a new important era in EU-NATO cooperation,” said High Representative Federica Mogherini when presenting the set to the press together with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “We could see very clearly today both on the EU and the NATO side full unity of all Allies and all EU Member States and commitment to a common set of values and shared interests across the Atlantic, and that is now more important than ever,” she stressed, adding that Ukraine will surely stay among the EU foreign policy priorities.
Jens Stoltenberg, in turn, said that the new, improved level of cooperation between NATO and the EU will let them assist Ukraine even more than before. ‘The EU and NATO offer Ukraine political and practical support; we assist Ukraine in terms of reforms and modernization of defense systems. We are going to intensify cooperation in creating potential and military education. We can be more effective here,’ the NATO Secretary General said.