At a meeting in Brussels of NATO and the EU agreed on a plan to combat cyber-attacks and information wars
On Tuesday, NATO and the European Union have left behind the years of rivalry by agreeing on a seven-point plan to combat such challenges as cyber attacks, information warfare, and irregular military forces of Russia and other potential aggressors.
The contract is not legally binding, will allow the six countries of the EU, outside NATO, to count on the military support of the United States. Recall that the US President-elect Donald trump said that the premise of such support may be to increase defense spending by Europe.
As reported by NATO officials, new proposals are designed to convince Europe that the United States is the leading power in NATO remains committed to security in the region, despite the statements trump made during the election campaign and cause anxiety allies.
“We are strengthening the transatlantic link and vital link between North America and Europe,” – said during a joint press conference with foreign Minister of the EU Federica Mogherini, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“The US commitment to NATO – more than politics … I am sure that both major parties (USA) most committed to NATO,” – said, speaking to reporters, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry.
During the election campaign, Donald trump criticized the current U.S. policy towards Europe, arguing that Washington is obliged to defend NATO allies who do not pay properly their own security.
The agreement between the EU and NATO was preceded by another agreement, which stipulates the payment of helicopters, planes and other weapons. One of the objectives of the agreement – to send a message to Trump.
According to European officials, such challenges as the Russian cyber attacks, the immigration crisis and insecurity in several countries in Europe, require as a military response of NATO and a more soft approach to security – in the interests of the confrontation of the EU countries hostile propaganda and action to stabilize the state in some countries.
The Russian annexation of Crimea has demonstrated the West’s inability to deal with unconventional tactics – break-ins of computer systems, misinformation campaigns and military, not wearing a military uniform.
In accordance with the agreement, experts from the EU and NATO will cooperate in order to intercept hackers and prepare to repel possible attacks.