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The establishment of the headquarters will provide “a more effective approach to existing training military missions.”
The foreign Ministers of EU countries agreed on the establishment of a staff on carrying out non-combat operations abroad. This was stated by the Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen on Monday, March 6, informs The Associated Press.
“Those countries that are not members of the EU, such as Norway or the UK will have the option to selectively join certain projects or missions. And the Norwegians, and the Brits have great interest in this,” said Leyen.
In turn, the EU high representative for foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini considers that this will provide “a more effective approach to existing training military missions.”
However, British defense Secretary Michael Fallon is calling on its European partners “to cooperate more closely with NATO, to avoid unnecessary duplication of structures” . However, Leyen believes that the need for the creation of this command center “was long overdue”. “We have taken a very important step towards a European security and defence Union”, – said the Minister of defence of Germany.
Note, discussing the possibility of creating joint armed forces of European unification began in 2015, due to the aggression of Russia against Ukraine.
Earlier it was reported that Sweden has decided to partially reinstate conscription, which was abolished in 2010, in particular due to Russian military activity.
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