EU has to develop actual defensive capabilities without copying NATO
The European Union has to develop actual defensive capabilities without copying NATO, says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics at a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.
Representing Latvia at the Foreign and Defence Ministers session, Rinkevics emphasized that the EU has to develop and strengthen its security and defensive capabilities, as reported by Foreign Affairs Ministry’s press-centre.
«All proposals developed for the defence and security field should be based on voluntary principle and be all-inclusive for EU member states. We have to make sure the EU effectively uses its available resources and compliments NATO, not copies it,» said Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister.
At the same time, Rinkevics also mentions Trans-Atlantic ties and the importance of NATO for Europe’s security. He also emphasized the necessity to focus on strengthening resilience against hybrid threats.
During the discussion about Western Balkans, Rinkevics noted that the EU has to remain actively involved in Western Balkans, continue cooperation with countries of this region and encourage them to continue reforms.