NATO and EU Sign “Historic” Cooperation Pact

Leaders of NATO and the European Union nations have signed a “historic deal” that boosts their cooperation in defense against new challenges.

The deal was signed Friday in Warsaw, shortly before a NATO summit opened there to show the Western world’s unity in facing threats from the East and the South. It was signed by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Stoltenberg said it was a “historic deal” that gave “new substance, new impetus” to the EU-NATO partnership in fighting hybrid warfare, cyberattacks and containing the massive wave of illegal migrants.

Tusk said the new deal would mend a situation in which it could seem sometimes that NATO, a military alliance, and EU, a political and economic bloc, are “on different planets,” not in the same city. Both have headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, though some nations belong to only one organization.

Hybrid warfare is the use of different tools such as propaganda and psychological campaigns, cyberattacks, and use of political, economic and energy pressure, among others.

European Council President Donald Tusk says that the “geopolitical consequences” of Britain’s exit from the EU, or Brexit, “may be very serious” but he does not think it will inspire other EU members to follow suit.

Tusk, speaking alongside President Barack Obama and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, said it was important to send a message to the world that Brexit, “as sad and meaningful as it is, is just an incident, and not the beginning of a process.”

“To all our opponents, on the inside and out, who are hoping for a sequel to Brexit, I want to say loud and clear: you won’t see on the screen the words: “To be continued.”

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