EU has to de­velop ac­tual de­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­i­ties with­out copy­ing NATO

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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.

Ieva Lūka/LETA

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