18:30 Sep. 2, 2016
NATO and EU should rather complement each other - NATO official says
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg supported the initiative of Hungary and the Czech Republic on closer military cooperation between EU countries up to establishing joint armed forces, Deutsche Welle reports.
"Really, it was like a fresh wind blowing in this debate - not only from Eastern Europe and not only regarding creation of the European army," DW refers to Reuters quoting Steinmeier as saying on Friday, September 2, after meeting Stoltenberg in Berlin.
The minister said, his French and Italian counterparts also support this idea.
Steinmeier says the creation of the European army is a far-reaching goal.
"NATO and the EU face the same security challenges, therefore the closer cooperation is beneficial to all," DW quotes Stoltenberg as saying.
He added, the structures should not be overlapping - NATO and the EU should rather complement each other.
In late August, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said they are in favour of an initiative to create the EU joint armed forces.