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    EU, NATO Prepare 40 Proposals to Enhance Bilateral Collaboration - Mogherini

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    According to the EU foreign policy chief, the EU and NATO have 40 concrete proposals to enhance bilateral cooperation.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — The European Union and NATO have jointly prepared 40 concrete proposals to enhance bilateral cooperation in order to achieve better regional security, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.

    "On EU-NATO partnership we presented… 40 concrete proposals on all the seven areas that we identified for cooperation in Warsaw [NATO Summit]," Mogherini said at a press conference after the meeting of EU defense and foreign ministers.

    According to Mogherini, EU foreign and defense ministers are expected to approve the package of proposals on the EU-NATO cooperation in early December.

    "European Union's commitment to strengthen transatlantic relations, including through strengthening EU-NATO relations, is an absolute priority for us," Mogherini added.

    The discussions of Europe's defense have become more active following the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election. During the presidential race, the politician had repeatedly stated that the United States should decrease the support of other NATO member states and protect only those members of the alliance, who "fulfill their obligations" in respect to Washington.

    On Monday, the EU member states agreed on a new plan on the European Union security and defense, which, however, excludes the creation of the EU army, the military headquarters or some kind of territorial defense system.

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