NATO, EU sign declaration on cooperation
“We have just signed the third EU-NATO Joint Declaration… This is more important than ever,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference following the signing ceremony at the military alliance headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. .
The statement was signed by Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, who praised the agreement and said it would deepen existing cooperation between the Union and the alliance.
According to the joint statement, the EU and NATO will expand and deepen cooperation in areas such as geostrategic competition, resilience, critical infrastructure protection, emerging and disruptive technologies and space, Xinhua news agency reported.
Von der Leyen said Europe’s security was “challenged” and “threatened” by the conflict in Ukraine.
Stoltenberg emphasized the importance of the statement and emphasized NATO’s crucial role in Euro-Atlantic security. He noted that this statement builds on two previous joint statements signed in 2016 and 2018.
Stoltenberg spoke of the prospect of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, stating that this would result in the alliance protecting 96 percent of EU citizens.
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