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EU and NATO to foster links

10.07.2016 11:06

The NATO summit in NATO turned to be fruitful for decisions and concrete steps, aimed at opposing Russian "aggression". Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission and Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general, signed a joint declaration. It's pretty strange but Russia hasn't been mentioned in the document while clearly hinted.

The declaration envisages concrete steps and objectives. For example, it calls to "boost our ability to counter hybrid threats". Certainly it's a hint on "Russian aggression".

Then it's proposed to broaden and adapt operational cooperation including at sea and on migration accompanied by better coordination and mutual reinforcement of our activities in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, i.e. in the Black Sea, close to Russia.

Cyberwars are still in focus. The document vows for expanding alliance's coordination on cybersecurity and defence, including exercises (planned for 2017-2018), education and training.

Moreover the declaration stresses the need for building the defence and security capacity and strengthening NATO partners in the East and South through "specific projects in a variety of areas for individual recipient countries". It's likely to envisage alliance's strive for expansion.

So, U.S., undisputable NATO leader, tries to maintain practical "Euroatlantic" solidarity aimed at deterrence its traditional rival - Russia. The goal of Washigton is not to let desintegration trends in EU lead to weaken alliance's military potential that is being used to make Moscow sink in arms race.