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    Talking about the UK referendum on the EU membership, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said Monday that it is up to UK citizens to decide, however, he stressed that the European Union and NATO are stronger together.

    LONDON (Sputnik) — Vershbow noted that by cooperating, NATO and the European Union made each other stronger and more effective.

    "Whether or not the United Kingdom stays within the EU is entirely a matter for the British people to decide. But I will say what matters for NATO. NATO is founded on the idea that we can achieve more when we work together. That is also the basic principle of the EU. In many ways, NATO and the European Union complement each other," Vershbow said at the UK Parliament during his visit to London.

    UK citizens are set to vote on June 23 in a referendum on the country's EU membership. Supporters of the UK exit from the bloc argue that EU membership has eroded the country’s independence to legislate, direct its economy and control its borders. Opponents warn that leaving the European Union could deeply harm the UK economy.

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