Germany, France and Poland called on Europe to start arming itself

European allies must take greater responsibility for the defense of Europe, and to that end they must improve military capacities and strengthen defense industry and production, the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland appealed

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Germany, France and Poland called on Europe to start arming itself
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European allies have recently highlighted the urgent need to assume greater responsibility for the defense of Europe, stressing that this is a key step towards ensuring security and stability on the continent. The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland have jointly engaged in this issue, stressing the importance of strengthening Europe's military capacities and defense industry in order to counter the increasingly pronounced challenges that threaten European security.

In an author's text published on the Brussels portal Politico, the head of German diplomacy, Analena Berbock, the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Stefan Sežurne, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Radoslav Sikorski, emphasized that it is necessary to use the full potential of the continent's industry in order to improve military capability and increase production.

. They emphasized the key role of national defense industries in this process, highlighting the need for binding long-term contracts, clear deadlines, ambitious targets and financial commitments backed by guarantees from European governments.

"We must use all the industrial potential of our continent to improve our military capability and increase production," the ministers said in a joint statement. Noting that allocating at least two percent of gross domestic product for defense, as required of NATO members, can only be a starting point, the ministers emphasized the importance of strategic spending of these funds, especially for the development of forces and capabilities necessary for collective defense.

They also emphasized the importance of investing in future technologies so that Europe can support NATO in maintaining a technological advantage over potential adversaries and strengthen its defenses.

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In the context of the situation in Ukraine, the ministers warned of the increasingly pronounced imperial ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, stressing that his actions represent a threat not only to Ukraine, but also to the entire European peace and stability.

Warning that ignoring these threats could lead to the further expansion of Russian aggression to other parts of Europe, the ministers emphasized the urgency of strengthening defense capacities and addressing the shortcomings that have become apparent over the past months and years.

"We must not make a mistake: today Ukraine is under attack. Tomorrow it could be some other part of Europe. And Russia will not stop its aggressive and imperialist policy in the foreseeable future," the ministers wrote. The ministers emphasized that collective defense is a common goal and that it is important for European allies to take more responsibility in this process.

Recalling the goals and values that were set 75 years ago with the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, the ministers assessed that these values are being tested today as never before, and that it is necessary to strengthen the transatlantic alliance in order to ensure freedom and security in the years to come.

"The USA has long taken on a greater burden than the rest of our alliance. However, collective defense is our common goal. That is why it is important that European defense be stronger and more capable and thus contribute to global and transatlantic security," said Berbok, Sežurne and Sikorski.

National defense industries play a key role in this, and they need binding long-term contracts with clear deadlines, "a certain level of ambition", firm financial commitments and guarantees from European governments for purchases, according to the text on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of NATO's founding on April 4.

. As part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of NATO, the ministers expressed their belief that a modern and strong transatlantic alliance is crucial for the future of Europe. "On the 75th anniversary of NATO, we are convinced that freedom and security in the years to come require a modern and strong transatlantic alliance.

As Europeans, we are ready to do our part", the heads of diplomacy of Germany, France and Poland concluded. The European allies confirmed their commitment to the NATO alliance and expressed their readiness to support all initiatives that contribute to the strengthening of collective defense and security.

This includes support for missions and operations conducted by NATO around the world. Nevertheless, these European officials emphasized the importance of maintaining a dialogue with Russia, but at the same time they emphasized the need for a firm attitude towards Russian aggression and imperial ambitions.

This includes ensuring an adequate military and political reaction to provocations and threats coming from Russia. Therefore, they added, European allies need to show a willingness to take on greater responsibility for Europe's defense and to address "some of the most pressing shortcomings that have become painfully obvious over the past months and years," including European force readiness, production capacity and logistics.

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