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    Europe should do much more to take care of its own security, a member of the European Parliament who is drafting a report on the proposed European Defense Union said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — NATO and the European Union "should make much more of cooperation than they have so far," Urmas Paet told the European Parliament press service.

    "The United States has lots of responsibility for European security through NATO, but I don’t think this is appropriate. Europe must take much more care of its own security. It means cooperation, it also means more on budgetary allocations and defence budgets and that’s why I consider my report very timely. Finally, we need to have a very clear political position on how the European defence cooperation should develop," he said.

    Following the British voters' decision to leave the European Union, multiple officials from EU member states have called for security and defense cooperation to be enhanced within the bloc.

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