Stoltenberg: EU not able to manage without NATO
The European Union would not be able to defend itself without NATO, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbeg said.
"After Brexit, the two countries with the highest defense spending, the United States and the United Kingdom, will be outside the EU, and three out of four battle groups on the eastern wing are under the command of states outside the EU. It is not possible for the EU to withstand without the help of non-EU countries," Stoltenberg said in an interview published by the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.
Stoltenberg stressed that NATO is committed to strengthening the defense of the EU, and that the two organizations should complement each other rather than compete.
"We want more European forces, more modern capabilities, more defense spending, less fragmentation. We must avoid duplication like the creation of European command or a European army. And the rhetoric that Europe would be able to mange without NATO," he said.
According to the NATO secretary general, western allies do not want a new Cold War with Russia.