MOSCOW (Sputnik) – EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell has proposed establishing a European military task force that will compliment and work in cooperation with NATO, the EU’s foreign policy chief said at a press briefing on Monday after EU defence ministers held a video conference.

Borrell praised the work of armed forces across the bloc for their efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease and work in facilitating the building of field hospitals and ensuring deliveries of medical supplies. With the challenge of COVID-19 still looming, the EU’s foreign policy chief proposed establishing a task force to coordinate responses and efforts across the continent.

Despite European countries requiring their own distinct alliance in order to liaise and respond to the challenges the continent faces, Borrell stated that any potential task force would also cooperate with NATO.

Brussels is working diligently to protect the health of military and civilian personnel currently engaged in missions abroad amid the current health crisis, Borrell stated. However, the European Union is still trying to continue its missions wherever possible in order to avoid worsening security conditions, he added.

During a press briefing after Friday’s video conference of EU foreign ministers, Borrell called for the bloc to provide greater assistance to Africa during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The EU also supports calls for a global ceasefire at the current time, he stated.



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