European security strategy must be revised, says Latvian defense minister

European security strategy must be revised, says Latvian defense minister
# 20 February 2015 03:18 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The European Security Strategy needs a revision, Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis told journalists after an informal meeting of EU defense ministers here on Thursday, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The EU must adjust its security strategy to modern-day realities and new security challenges, he added.

"One of the challenges is the threat of hybrid warfare as demonstrated by Russia's policy vis-a-vis Ukraine. The threat of hybrid warfare is a problem for the whole of Europe, so we need solutions to deal with it," Vejonis said.

Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, indicated at the press conference that the strategic context of the debate on European security had definitely changed since 2003 when the current strategy was adopted.

"Hence, the strategic review that High Representative [Federica] Mogherini has announced and is going to take forward is really important. We need to analyze the European strategic environment, and this is an on-going process," Popowski said.

"All participants agreed that we don't have a choice, we cannot simply prefer one crisis to another. We have to deal with challenges in the east and in the south together. Investment in defense remains important," Popowski said.

EU leaders are expected to debate adjustments to the bloc's security strategy at a meeting of the European Council in June 2015.

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