NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes that Europe will not be able to compete with NATO in case it creates its defense alliance. He stated this in an interview with the Polish Rzeczpospolita agency.
According to him, Europe’s belief that it can cope without NATO is mistaken because the countries that spent on defense more than anyone upon Brexit will cease to be members of the European Union. In addition, the NATO contingent located in Eastern Europe will be managed by countries that are not part of the European Union.
“We want more European forces, more modern weapons and equipment, more defense spending, less fragmentation. We should avoid duplication and creation of European command or European army, and rhetoric that Europe will cope without NATO,” Stoltenberg said.
He added that the European Union cannot conduct an independent defense policy, which will not be a "NATO adjunct".
As it was reported earlier Stoltenberg said NATO will send observers to West-2017 military exercises. The invitation includes visits to maneuvers in specially designated days for guests and has nothing in common with real monitoring.