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EU member states must strengthen their transatlantic partnership, not strategic autonomy, says L. Linkevičius in Luxembourg

Created: 2019.06.17 / Updated: 2019.06.17 15:05
      EU member states must strengthen their transatlantic partnership, not strategic autonomy, says L. Linkevičius in Luxembourg
      EU member states must strengthen their transatlantic partnership, not strategic autonomy, says L. Linkevičius in Luxembourg

      On 17 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.

      The Council discussed the situation in Moldova, the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, ways to improve the effectiveness of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and issues of Sudan and Jordan.

      EU foreign ministers were joined by defense ministers during a comprehensive discussion on the 2016 EU Global Strategy. As regards the EU Global Strategy, the Minister stressed that Lithuania advocated for closer transatlantic cooperation, the EU-NATO partnership, and increased attention to hybrid threats. EU member states should take strategic responsibility for stepping up security and ensuring compatibility with NATO.

      “We have to invite third parties, especially the U.S., to join the EU’s structured cooperation in the defense sector. EU member states have to act very responsibly and avoid harming the transatlantic relationship. We need to take responsibility for each and every initiative and carefully weigh them,” said the head of Lithuania’s diplomacy.

       

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