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EU agrees common defence is NATO mission alone

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The transatlantic alliance and the EU agree "the common defence is a mission alone," US said today after talks on own new defence pact.

ministers met Wednesday with EU to discuss their concerns over duplication after agreed in December to develop new equipment and improve cooperation and decision-making.

"There is a clear understanding to include in written EU documents that the common defence is a mission and a NATO mission alone," Mattis told a press conference in

Mattis said discussions were "very candid" between NATO, which includes European members, and Mogherini.

"We have sufficient rigour in the political sharing, the political discussions, to keep the EU effort, for example on mobility," Mattis said.

He said the EU can "enhance NATO common defense capabilities and does not draw from them."

The EUs so-called permanent structured cooperation on defence agreement, known as PESCO, has projects in view already to develop new equipment and improve cooperation and decision-making.

But on Sunday a working with Mattis said had concerns that some of the proposed initiatives risked "pulling resources or capabilities away from NATO".

NATO said the right balance could be struck when he opened talks among the 29-member NATO defence ministers on Wednesday.

"Done in the right way, these efforts can make a contribution to fairer burden-sharing between and North America," Stoltenberg told reporters.

Stoltenberg has warned there was "no way" the EU could replace the transatlantic alliance in guaranteeing European security.

"It will be absolutely without any meaning if NATO and the EU start to compete," the former Norwegian told reporters on Tuesday.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:35 IST