EU's new military pact poses no threat to NATO: Mogherini

Pauline Gross
February 17, 2018

The secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Jens Stoltenberg, has called on Portugal to take advantage of the economic growth that it is now enjoying to spend more on defence, while expressing confidence that all NATO members will be able to increase spending to the agreed target of two percent of gross domestic product by 2024.

PESCO is described by the European Union as a framework for defence cooperation and a step towards the development of the EU's common defence policy.

Stoltenberg said that the decision regarding the location of new structures and the number of personnel will be made in June.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is calling on Russian Federation to address the alliance's concerns about what the United States has determined is Moscow's violation of a landmark Cold War arms treaty.

"At the end of the Cold War, NATO had 22,000 staff working in 33 commands", Stoltenberg said.

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A row that is potentially more serious is the one festering between the USA and Turkey over Ankara's "Operation Olive Branch", launched in January 2018 against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). I think we are finding common ground'.

The statement said: 'But he acknowledged the legitimate threats posed to Turkey's national security by terrorist organisations'.

The EU yesterday rebuffed a U.S. call for written assurances that Nato's role in protecting Europe would not be threatened by the bloc's new defence pact.

Germany will host the logistics command, while a new cyber operations center at will be set up at NATO's military headquarters. It aims, amongst other aspects, to lead collectively to increased and more efficient defence investments in military equipment.

The ministers agreed on 15 February to start planning for a sustained North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission to train Iraqi forces, including setting up officer academies, as part of efforts to keep extremist groups at bay.

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