The European Union needs its own armed forces to ensure its security, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell wrote on his Sunday blog, Trend reports quoting TASS.
“The new security environment demonstrates that the EU needs to take more responsibility for its own security. For that, we need modern and interoperable European armed forces, looking at the high end of the spectrum and also striving to ‘increasing abilities and strengths,’ he wrote.
According to Borrell, the European Union must work in three fundamental directions. “Member States must: firstly, work on the combat readiness of forces, including the replenishment of stocks; secondly, increase the existing capabilities, quantitatively and qualitatively (mass and volume), over the next five years, by putting focus on gaps accumulated in the past, such as strategic enablers, air defense upgrades, cyber and space capabilities, to name a few,” he wrote. “Thirdly, over a longer period, jointly develop future key capabilities such as main battle tanks, advanced anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities or space situational awareness.”
“Now is the time to push forward European defence. We need to strengthen the European defense industrial base and be operational with the necessary military capabilities. To be able to increase our military capability to defend ourselves, strengthen NATO and to support and improve our partners when needed,” he underlined.