EU should become major military force, Borrell says

Josep Borrell, EU Foreign Affairs Representative

© APA | Josep Borrell, EU Foreign Affairs Representative

# 31 May 2022 12:48 (UTC +04:00)

The EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrel has called for the bloc to be turned into a major military force, APA reports citing Sputnik.

“What we've learned from the Ukraine conflict is that trade, the rule of law, and a strong civil society are not enough. The EU should also be a serious military force”, Borrell told reporters on Tuesday.

In this regard, he called on the EU countries to follow the NATO members’ example and increase their defence spending.

“Defence is a national competence. We must do more. We must increase our military budgets in a coordinated manner. And, of course, it will not be easy,” the EU’s foreign policy chief pointed out.