CNN has learned the details of the draft common defense strategy of the EU

Earlier, the Council of the European Union instructed the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, by November 2021 to submit a draft of the first EU military concept “Strategic Compass” to increase the level of security and defense of the Union countries

Draft of the first EU military concept 'Strategic Compass' provides for the ability to quickly deploy up to 5 thousand troops for a quick response in crisis situations. This was reported by the CNN TV channel, which received a copy of the document.

At the same time, instead of the permanent armed forces subordinate to Brussels, these will be rapid reaction groups, consisting of military from the bloc member states. Groups will be formed to solve a specific problem.

These tasks can range from an evacuation mission, such as in Afghanistan, to maintaining order at borders or humanitarian missions, the channel reports.

The document also talks about the need for a joint approach to defense procurement, research and intelligence, which subsequently will make the block more efficient and competitive.

At the same time, not all 27 EU countries will participate in a specific mission, however, the deployment of troops on behalf of the European Union will require the signing and approval of all member states.

More than 20 EU officials, diplomats and politicians in a conversation with CNN agreed that the EU needs to take measures to keep Europe safe.

Italian Ambassador to the EU, Pietro Benassi, told CNN that there are countries in the EU that “ have different constitutional and military positions. '' ;, but expressed confidence that the EU can “ create a common strategy ''.

CNN clarifies that some countries in the eastern part of the EU, including Poland, Estonia and Lithuania, intend to support this project, but on condition that the official agreement mentions the threat posed by Russia and, to a lesser extent, China.

In May, the Council of the European Union instructed the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, to prepare by November 2021 to submit a draft of the first EU military concept, the Strategic Compass, to enhance the EU's ability to act autonomously, confront threats and challenges to global security and promote its values.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in September that the appearance of the European Union's own forces could weaken the North Atlantic Alliance and “ split Europe. '' “ I applaud Europe's additional defense efforts, but something like this can never replace NATO. And we need to make sure Europe and North America stick together ', & mdash; he said.

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