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Project "ZZ". New European army: Russian will not pass!

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This week the EU member states signed an interesting agreement: on paper, the continuous cooperation of the united European countries in the defense sphere was confirmed. It is about creating a unified army in Europe, which, among other things, has the task of confronting the “Russian threat”. Tremble, Moscow!




This topic has become one of the key topics of the week in the largest European and American media. This is indicated by the main NATO officer, Jens Stoltenberg, and the leading person of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, and other high-ranking officials and diplomats.

The European Union has taken an important step towards ensuring its defense capability: 23 from 28 member states have signed a joint investment program in military equipment, as well as relevant research and development, reports "New York Times".

The goal of the initiative is to jointly develop the European military capabilities and provide unified armed forces for “individual” operations or operations “in coordination with NATO”. Europe’s efforts are also aimed at “overcoming the fragmentation” of European defense spending and at promoting joint projects that reduce duplication of functions.

At the signing ceremony in Brussels, the head of European foreign policy, Federica Mogherini, called the deal “historical moment in defending Europe. ”

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister and former defense minister, said the agreement was a “country commitment” aimed at “improving collaboration”. He noted that there is “tension” in Europe caused by “more aggressive” behavior of Russia “after the annexation of the Crimea”. In addition, there is the threat of terrorist attacks of Islamist militants.

European leaders lamented the lack of enthusiasm for US President Donald Trump with respect to NATO and other multilateral institutions. Apparently, the newspaper notes, the audience decided, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in May, that the “era” had come, in which Europeans will have to rely on themselves and not rely on someone. And therefore, according to Merkel, "we Europeans really have to take our destiny in our hands." True, Ms. Merkel added that European coordination should still be carried out in partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom. It is interesting that the UK, the author of the material reminds, “has blocked such cooperation for many years”, fearing that the creation of a European army would undermine NATO and the partnership of London with Washington. Britain instead advocated "for a bilateral agreement with France."

However, the UK not so long ago voted for secession from the European Union. And after Brexit, other countries, especially the aforementioned France, as well as Germany, Italy and Spain, decided to revive the long-standing idea of ​​military cooperation. Such an idea was a way for them to show the citizens of their countries that Brussels "is able to respond to fears about security and terrorism."

As for France alone, Paris spoke in favor of participating in a new alliance of a smaller group of countries - those that could bear serious expenses for military equipment and other defense capabilities that Europe lacks "outside NATO". However, Berlin "spoke for a larger club."

The German point of view, as often happens, won, states the American newspaper.

The Brussels agreement on “permanent structured cooperation” (permanent structure cooperation, Pesco) is expected to be formalized by European leaders at the summit. It will take place in mid-December 2017. But it is already clear today that with so many votes in favor, approval seems like a mere formality. Everything has been decided.

It is curious that NATO supports these European efforts: after all, European leaders declare that their intentions are not to undermine the defense capability of the current alliance, but to more effective European actions against, for example, cyber attacks or a hybrid war like the one that the Russians staged in Crimea, in the material.

The countries of Europe will present a plan of action in which they will set forth their defense military goals and methods for monitoring their implementation. To purchase weapons, states will take money from the European Union fund. The amount is also determined: about 5 billion euros, or 5,8 billion dollars. One more special fund will be involved “for financing operations”.

The obvious goal is to increase military spending to “strengthen the strategic independence of the EU”. The European Union can act alone, when necessary, and with partners, when it is possible, noted in the Brussels statement.

The program also aims to reduce the number of different weapon systems in Europe and to promote regional military integration, for example, in the field of naval cooperation between Belgium and the Netherlands.

The article also refers to members of the European Union who have not signed the new military agreement. These are Great Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Malta and Portugal.

In Germany, the new military agreement, of course, was greeted positively by the leading press.

According to «Tagesspiegel»Europe today does not have a common strategy. And 23 EU states want to "cooperate more militarily." In an article by Anna Sauerbrey, such cooperation is called a “good temporary solution.”

The Pesco program is called “very important.” And it’s not for nothing that we are talking about a “defense alliance.” Such an approach “shows the new pragmatism of the European integration policy”. The fact is that there is “enormous” external “pressure”, which leads to the above closer cooperation of Europeans in the security policy.

Among those who “put pressure” on the EU, specific foreign politicians are named: “geopolitical” pressure is exerted by Putin, and simply “political” by Donald Trump.

In addition, the new military association is a “quite pragmatic” alliance: the EU states should save money, but billions go to military cooperation, as evidenced by the research, including the scientific service of the European Parliament. Since the EU countries in the current period “have to save”, the level of investment in defense is rather low, and due to the fact that it is low, in many small countries, in fact, there is no defense industry of its own. Procurement technology is inefficient, and defense spending in all EU countries is the second largest in the world. And where is this European power?

At the same time, the Baltic countries are "particularly concerned about the threat from Russia", and Europeans from the south "are giving priority attention to stability in North Africa" ​​(due to migrants). In June 2016, the Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy, prepared by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, was developed, but this document does not have binding legal force and only defines “common goals” such as fighting cyber attacks.

Pesco gives a pragmatic and even apolitical approach. This agreement, the author believes, is a “smart way out” of the dilemma of “practical needs and strategic differences”. The cooperation is “modular”, since all EU countries are not obliged to participate in it. And not all states that agree with Pesco should be involved in all of its projects.

The document continues the previous line of Europe in its security policy. According to Anna Sauerbrey, the “big European army” should not arise: instead, the military “network” of European friends will operate.

The signed document gives another clear impression: its developers have tried to avoid the "declaration of European independence from the United States." NATO’s commitment to the text is “repeated many times.”

“This is clever,” the journalist said. Pesco is a good solution at the moment. In the long run, however, the agreement should still stand aside "from the overall political strategy."

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By the way, let us add to this, one of the heralds of the new “defense” project was the young French president Macron. Speaking at the Sorbonne, he said that after 10 years, Europe would receive "a common military force, a joint defense budget and a common doctrine for [defense] actions."

The statement is curious by the fact that Emmanuel Macron seemed to dissociate himself from those experts who deny the creation of a separate army by Europe. Macron is an excellent speaker who speaks unequivocally and definitely, and he made it clear that what lies ahead is the creation by the European Union of a common military force, and not some local addition to NATO. As for ten years, this number is also curious: it is exactly two terms of presidential rule in France.
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  1. HAM
    HAM 15 November 2017 09: 01 New
    +6
    The construction of a new Reich has begun! ???
    1. Vard
      Vard 15 November 2017 09: 03 New
      +2
      Everything is fine ... only they, in their geyevrope, lie down to the team in a different way ...
      1. Antianglosax
        Antianglosax 15 November 2017 15: 50 New
        +2
        Quote: Vard
        Everything is fine ... only they, in their geyevrope, lie down to the team in a different way ...
        laughing
        With whom only Russia has not fought in the last 500 years! But with pederasts yet never! laughing
        1. Antianglosax
          Antianglosax 15 November 2017 16: 04 New
          +2
          Quote: Vard
          Everything is fine ... only they, in their geyevrope, lie down to the team in a different way ...
          laughing
          With whom only Russia has not fought in the last 500 years, but never with pederasts! laughing
          After 5-10 years, there will be no geyropes in the modern sense ... A geyropa will be sent to the trash and rightly.
    2. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 15 November 2017 09: 10 New
      +6
      How long ? NATO pulled the United States, and who will be the chief financier here? I think a stillborn idea. BUT, you need to look after this Pesco!
    3. Evdokim
      Evdokim 15 November 2017 09: 25 New
      +1
      The European Union has taken an important step towards ensuring its defense capabilities: 23 out of 28 Member States have signed a program of joint military investments in military equipment

      Napoleon, Frederick and Hitler smells. Some deja vu. hi
      But in the regional committee will be allowed?
    4. Cxnumx
      Cxnumx 15 November 2017 12: 32 New
      0
      Quote: HAM
      The construction of a new Reich has begun! ???

      Yes, come on, he has long been standing across the ocean. just changed clothes.
      1. HAM
        HAM 15 November 2017 13: 14 New
        0
        We are talking about the European "Reich", the one that across the ocean with him everything is clear.
        And what kind of “Reich” will be: “from Mozh to Mozh” or the fourth, time-ambitions of the Germans, Poles, French will show much of Trump’s weakness.
    5. comprochikos
      comprochikos 15 November 2017 13: 13 New
      +1
      The army is needed either for defense or for attack. It seems that there is no one to defend, since Russia is not going to go to Europe. So that will attack? what
  2. Kleber
    Kleber 15 November 2017 09: 12 New
    0
    They may build a European army, but the US general will still lead it.
    1. stas
      stas 15 November 2017 11: 19 New
      +1
      The army of 24 states is an uncontrolled and ineffective army.
      Let them try to create.
      1. stalkerwalker
        stalkerwalker 15 November 2017 11: 23 New
        +2
        Quote: stas
        Let them try to create.

        There was only one goal in creation - to simplify logistics, to remove bureaucratic delays in the movement of units and equipment from metro Roka to Belarusian Brest.
        1. Oleg Tolstoy
          Oleg Tolstoy 15 November 2017 15: 10 New
          0
          Some have already happened, simplified the "logistics" in the region of Brest and its Stalingrad districts .. They have long become black soil negative
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  3. Masya masya
    Masya masya 15 November 2017 09: 37 New
    +5
    This is evidenced by the main NATO member Jens Stoltenberg, and the leading person of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, and other senior officials and diplomats

    Knowing that the Russians are not going anywhere and the Russians didn’t give up, why not declare, do not sign the letter to Filkin, do not threaten Russia with your powerful fist? What are all "bold"!
    1. stalkerwalker
      stalkerwalker 15 November 2017 11: 06 New
      +2
      The question of the Euroarmia has been raised for a long time, because NATO protocols are outdated.
      This is the CSTO of the European "bottling" .... lol
      1. Masya masya
        Masya masya 15 November 2017 11: 14 New
        +5
        I am aware of the fact that all this action takes place under the auspices of "Russians are coming !!!"
        1. stalkerwalker
          stalkerwalker 15 November 2017 11: 16 New
          +3
          Quote: Masya Masya
          I know

          Sincerely glad .... love
          1. Masya masya
            Masya masya 15 November 2017 11: 22 New
            +5
            Quote: stalkerwalker
            Sincerely glad ....

            And I like ...
            wink love
            1. stalkerwalker
              stalkerwalker 15 November 2017 11: 30 New
              +3

              lol love
              Both I and I .....
  4. aszzz888
    aszzz888 15 November 2017 09: 38 New
    0
    ... that is, now they will have NATO in common, and NATO geyropeyskoy? ... and everyone is crying that they have no money ... bully
  5. then
    then 15 November 2017 09: 40 New
    0
    Well, in politics, 1933 came. And again, for everything about everything, we have about 10 years.
  6. vladimirvn
    vladimirvn 15 November 2017 09: 57 New
    0
    Well, there was a place for migrant workers.
  7. Serge72
    Serge72 15 November 2017 10: 21 New
    15
    It is about creating a unified army in Europe

    Better late than never
    But late arrived
  8. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 15 November 2017 11: 01 New
    0
    on the creation of a unified army of Europe

    Let's see what happens. But bureaucracy in the leadership will be added for sure (leadership of a unified army, leadership of NATO, with which it will be necessary to coordinate operations, etc.). This means that it will take more time to make decisions, which is already in our hands. Plus, the additional costs of European countries.
  9. mavrus
    mavrus 15 November 2017 11: 24 New
    0
    Quote: HAM
    The construction of a new Reich has begun! ???

    Quote: Kleber
    They may build a European army, but the US general will still lead it.

    Soon in Europe, not only the “colonels of Anastasia” will be, but also the transgender general will appear ... And the whole increase in funding will go to the sex change operations of the “valiant defenders of the Nato”. And if you drag out this issue, then certainly the gainers from overseas will be sent.
  10. Eurodav
    Eurodav 15 November 2017 11: 27 New
    +2
    Quote: HAM
    The construction of a new Reich has begun! ???

    Reich and Muslim migrants are not compatible!
    A new round of verbal hysteria has begun, nothing more ...
  11. Eurodav
    Eurodav 15 November 2017 11: 32 New
    +2
    Quote: sedan
    Well, in politics, 1933 came. And again, for everything about everything, we have about 10 years.

    Come on ... What a panic? We always have normal relations with the Arabs, we never offend them, understand what I'm getting at?
    After 10 years, the remaining non-Europeans dissolve in the European Muslim Union ... The speed of their decline is simply awful ...
  12. polpot
    polpot 15 November 2017 12: 13 New
    +1
    Thank God we have enough space to provide them all with graves
    1. astankard
      astankard 15 November 2017 13: 16 New
      0
      Let them bury themselves at home.
  13. Evgenijus
    Evgenijus 15 November 2017 13: 09 New
    0
    It's like NATO inside NATO. If only to divert attention from their internal problems.
  14. Alexsin
    Alexsin 15 November 2017 13: 13 New
    0
    And who will feed this army? Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia? Or do they hope for Gostep, who is now feeding NATO?
  15. astankard
    astankard 15 November 2017 13: 14 New
    0
    I katstsa that the European army must first ... to resist the American army, which occupied its territory, and the Russian threat is already secondary.)))
    Russians will not go - what on this ... wasteland do?
  16. Dmitriy75
    Dmitriy75 15 November 2017 13: 16 New
    0
    And who will serve in this European army? lol Normal people do not need this, so this is another European stupidity in all its glory.
  17. asavchenko59
    asavchenko59 15 November 2017 13: 29 New
    0
    And these guys are going to fight with us !!!!?
    Well, not even interesting, ha ha ha .......
  18. Grbear
    Grbear 15 November 2017 13: 53 New
    0
    then Paris advocated for participation in the new alliance smaller group of countries - those that could bear serious expenses for military equipment and other defense capabilities that Europe lacks “outside of NATO”. However, Berlin "advocated for a larger club".

    Personally, I prefer the position of Berlin. Firstly, without Germany it’s all the same nowhere. But the "large club" of motley states under the Entente (without England) will pull each blanket over themselves. And America’s money. Europeans will have to spend not 2% on catch-up and recovery, but 5 and 6% of GDP. To this add debts to each other, and mainly to Berlin. So they will soon turn on the counter of EU debt to China or someone else. They are not the Fed, the euro is not oil, and not "behind a puddle." Cold war 2.0.
    When God wants to punish a person, he takes away his mind.
  19. Oleg Tolstoy
    Oleg Tolstoy 15 November 2017 15: 00 New
    0
    The Danes, young people, again expect to pay off the Bundeswaffen by women, and from the Russians, when they come, by bicycles. As in World War II laughing
  20. Oleg Tolstoy
    Oleg Tolstoy 15 November 2017 15: 05 New
    0
    Quote: Evrodav
    Quote: HAM
    The construction of a new Reich has begun! ???

    Reich and Muslim migrants are not compatible!
    A new round of verbal hysteria has begun, nothing more ...


    And it will be the Western Geyropei Kaganate wink
  21. Beaster
    Beaster 15 November 2017 15: 08 New
    +1
    Someone like, but for some reason it seems to me that they are creating an army to protect, but not from Russia, but from the United States. Wiretapping, sanctions that are not a little offensive to European business, revolutions in objectionable countries, invasions of sovereign states at the request of the left heel, without any UN support. Perhaps the point of no return has been passed, Europe understands that this cannot last forever and sooner or later it will have to be defended. Of course, no one will give Europe openly to build a coalition against the United States, but if you disguise it in preparation for the mythical “treacherous Putin” offensive to the west, then it can take a ride. Moreover, Trump, as one of the weakest US presidents of recent years (with the exception of Bush Jr.), is unlikely to do anything.
  22. ul_vitalii
    ul_vitalii 15 November 2017 17: 40 New
    +6
    So where in Europe will we hoist the Victory Banner, where there is more adversary?
    1. iouris
      iouris 16 November 2017 01: 17 New
      0
      Victory Banner is forbidden: it is red and has a hammer and sickle on it.
  23. akm8226
    akm8226 17 November 2017 20: 04 New
    0
    This is not what surprises me - it surprises me that not one of the European inhabitants has even given the hint that it was already and ended extremely badly. I mean Adolf’s attack on the USSR. But when I recall that ALL, WITHOUT EXCLUSION, EUROPE, worked hard for the Third Reich and without strikes and protests, I understand that the second such mistake that Stalin made, we will not make any more - we will burn the whole geyropu so that at least 500 years Russia was left alone.
    1. Maalkavianin
      Maalkavianin 18 November 2017 09: 13 New
      0
      To my regret, we will not burn Europe to the ground. This requires a strong, strong-willed leadership. But this is not. So on June 22, the 41st will still be repeated. Only the consequences will be much worse.