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NATO and EU sign declaration of cooperation against common threats

NATO and EU sign declaration of cooperation against common threats

A joint statement was signed between NATO and the European Union (EU) to increase cooperation against Russia and China, to continue support for Ukraine, and to take the cooperation between the two sides to the next level.

Publish Date: 10/01/23 16:48
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NATO and EU sign declaration of cooperation against common threats
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The joint statement was signed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel at a ceremony held at NATO headquarters.

In the new text prepared on the basis of the declarations previously signed in 2016 and 2018, NATO-EU cooperation is based on common values, the Euro-Atlantic region is facing the greatest threat of recent years, Russia's war in Ukraine is a violation of international law. specified.

"Russia's war undermines security and stability in Europe and the world." Russia's aggression was condemned in the strongest terms.

NATO and the EU called on the Russian administration to immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine, emphasizing that support for Ukraine is and will continue.

THE STATEMENT WAS ALSO INCLUDED IN CHINA

In the statement, which is noted that authoritarian actors pose a test to the interests of NATO and the EU, "We live in a period of increased strategic competition. China's growing assertiveness and policies present challenges that we need to address." statement was included.

In the statement, it was stated that the fragile and unstable situation in Europe prepared the ground suitable for strategic rivals and terrorist organizations.

Emphasizing the importance of ties with the United States in such a period, the statement pointed out that NATO forms the basis of collective defense in the Euro-Atlantic region, and it was stated that the importance of "a stronger European defense" was acknowledged and that it should be complementary to NATO.

"As the security threats and challenges we face evolve in scope and magnitude, we will take our partnership to the next level based on our long-term cooperation," the statement said. statement was included.

The areas where cooperation will be increased are listed as geostrategic competition, resilience issues, protection of critical infrastructures, emerging disruptive technologies, space, security effects of climate change, foreign interventions and information manipulations.

STOLTENBERG: "WE SHOULD STRENGTHEN SUPPORT TO UKRAINE"

Speaking at the press conference held after the signing ceremony, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the EU and NATO are determined to take their partnership to the next level in the face of increasing geostrategic competition.

"Moscow wants a different Europe. It wants to control its neighbors, it sees democracy and freedom as threats. This will have long-term consequences for our security." Stoltenberg said:

"In the face of increasing strategic competition, we must further strengthen our support for Ukraine. Authoritarian actors are challenging our interests, values and democratic principles with military as well as political, economic and technological means. China's growing determination and policies present challenges that we must address. Continued around us "The conflict and instability that ensues undermines our security and provides fertile ground for strategic rivals and terrorist groups."

NATO Secretary General noted that the EU and NATO are determined to take their cooperation to the next level.

Stoltenberg emphasized that the joint declaration he signed with the EU also made it clear that NATO continues to be the main defense tool for Euro-Atlantic security.

EU IMPORTANTLY LOOKS AT NATO PARTICIPATION OF SWEDEN AND FINLAND

EU Commission President von der Leyen also said that since the start of the war in Ukraine, cooperation between the EU and NATO has already developed.

"We must deepen this 20-year partnership and cooperation because European security is under threat. This is reflected in Sweden and Finland's desire for NATO membership. We look forward to the two countries' joining NATO," von der Leyen said. said.

NEW SANCTIONS ON BELARUS AND IRAN

Voicing that they will increase the pressure on the countries giving military support to Russia and the Kremlin, von der Leyen stated that they will expand the sanctions against Belarus and Iran in this context.

Von der Leyen stated that they will also impose new sanctions on Belarus.

EU Council President Michel also said that the EU and NATO are stronger with cooperation, that Russia could not achieve its goal of weakening the EU and NATO, but the opposite is true.

"As the EU and NATO, we are closer than ever before," Michel said. said.

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