NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has revealed that the creation of a joint armed forces of the European Union could divide Europe and weaken NATO.
Stoltenberg said I welcome European efforts to ensure defense, but something similar will not replace NATO. In addition, it is necessary to ensure that Europe and North America stand by each other. Any attempt to weaken the connection of North America and Europe will lead not only to the weakening of NATO, but also to the division of Europe. And that’s partly because of the money, because 80% of our defense costs come from our non-EU allies.”
He also pointed out that European countries that are not members of the European Union (Britain, Iceland and Norway), as well as the United States, Canada and Turkey, play a central role in ensuring European security.
He added: “Any attempt to create parallel structures and duplicate the command system will only weaken our joint ability to deal, because in conditions of limited resources we must avoid parallels and duplication of efforts. The proposal (on the creation of EU forces) was not discussed with NATO, nor did We are not aware of any details in this regard.”
The European Union Foreign Policy Commissioner, Josep Borrell, previously confirmed during an informal meeting of European Union Defense Ministers held in Ljubljana on September 2, that the participants in the meeting discussed a new defense system for the Union, in addition to plans to establish European rapid response forces. He added that the first practical decisions in this field will be taken in October and November in the framework of preparing the new European security base, “the strategic compass of the European Union,” noting that the approval of this strategy and plans for the establishment of the European joint forces for rapid response should take place in March 2022. He added that the talk is about a military unit comprising about 5,000 people.