‘US dissatisfied with Europe-wide defence policy’

MADRID (Sputnik): The US warned the European Union that the latter’s defence plans jeopardise transatlantic integration of military industries and cooperation within the framework of NATO, El Pais newspaper reported, citing a letter of US Undersecretary of Defence for Acquisitions Ellen Lord to European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

The letter, obtained by El Pais newspaper, came after the European Parliament’s vote in favor of allocating 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) for the EU Defence Fund for the 2021-2027 period that took place in mid-April.

Moreover, Washington opposes EU Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) initiative, under which the number of joint EU defence and security projects was doubled to 34 instead of previous 17, while participation of third countries in PESCO requires unanimous approval of all EU members.

The US highlighted in the letter that the European Union developed its military capabilities in such a way that duplication, incompatibility of military systems and unnecessary competition between NATO and the EU appeared.

The letter also stated that the European military policy could undermine relations between NATO and the EU, the newspaper said. The letter was addr-essed to European Commis-sion Vice President Jyrki and European Parliament President Antonio as well, according to El Pais.

PESCO was established in 2018, and it aims to enhance EU military and defence cooperation. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that armament developed within PESCO should be available for NATO members as well.