EU news: Mogherini says, no EU joint army any time soon - AFP

16:57 Sep. 3, 2016

Mogherini says, no EU joint army any time soon - AFP

British soldiers attend a military exercise 'Iron Sword 2014', at the Gaiziunu Training Range in Pabrade some 60km.(38 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania. (AP Photo)

'Fifty, 60, 100 years from now, who knows?' Mogherini said when asked about the possibility of a "European Army.

The EU is not going to get an army of its own in the near future but in the meantime it should play a greater security role, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Friday.

Read also: Germany to present E.U. joint army project

'We all agree that the European army is not something that is going to happen any time soon,' Mogherini said after an informal meeting of the 28 European Union foreign ministers in Bratislava.

'But what can happen very soon, if member states are committed, is to advance in the field of European defence and that is what I put on the table today,' she said.

Read also: Steinmeier and Stoltenberg back initiative to create EU armed forces

Member states, led by Britain, agree with the principle of increased defence cooperation but baulk at the idea of giving up the crucial sovereign right to decide their own security policy.

Earlier this year Mogherini unveiled a 'Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy', winning approval from EU leaders to develop her plan.

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