14:52 GMT25 October 2020
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    The time for creation of the EU army has not come yet, but it is possible in the future, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said on Monday.

    WARSAW (Sputnik) — Speaking at the conference on EU-NATO cooperation in Brussels, Waszczykowski noted that since the majority of the European countries were NATO members, not all of them could provide the necessary level of defense expenses, that was why the establishment of a new structure seemed to be difficult.

    "The time for creation of the EU army has not yet arrived … Before we come to the EU army, we have to do many things in the sphere of border security, intelligence cooperation. The army may become a kind of a final result," Waszczykowski said, as quoted by the Gazeta Prawna newspaper.

    Last week, the EU member states agreed on a new plan on the European Union security and defense, aimed at advancing the existing EU facilities and structures.

    The plan to create the EU army, which goes back to 1950, was revived in March 2015 by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. He said the European Union needed its own unified army to respond to modern threats posed to EU member states. Major proponents of such EU-wide army are Germany, France and Italy, while the United Kingdom considers it will weaken NATO.


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