: Reuters: NATO and E.U. to seek new pact to deter Russia, tackle smugglers

14:23 May. 20, 2016

Reuters: NATO and E.U. to seek new pact to deter Russia, tackle smugglers

Swedish PM Stefan Lofven, British PM David Cameron, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Latvian PM Laimdota Straujuma seen during a meeting at an E.U. summit in Brussels on June 26, 2015. (AP Photo)

Greece-Turkey tensions and Russia's UN Security Council member status seen as possible difficulties in reaching agreement

NATO and the European Union will formally declare a cooperation pact at the alliance's Warsaw summit in July, officials say, overcoming decades of confusion and mistrust over how to provide security beyond Europe's borders.

Forced together by fears of a Russian cyber attack, a migration crisis and failing states in Europe's neighbourhood, officials say the challenges requires both a military response and a softer security approach, combating propaganda and providing training to stabilise governments.

"If there was a Russian cyber attack, we would not want to spend two weeks in meetings discussing what each of us should do," said an E.U. defence official cooperating closely with NATO.

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