MOSCOW, (Sputnik) – The protection of critical infrastructure will be a crucial aspect of cooperation between the European Union and NATO, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.
“We will also reach out to international partners, first and foremost NATO, the resilience of critical infrastructure is set to become a crucial aspect of our EU-NATO cooperation,” Von der Leyen told a press conference. after the informal EU27 summit and meeting within the European Political Community in Prague.
On July 12, the EU declared itself ready to move forward in negotiations with NATO on the joint declaration after the approval of the European defense strategy, the strategic compass, and the adoption of a new strategic concept at the summit in Madrid. European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino said EU-NATO statement should reflect “geopolitical context”, new areas of cooperation including hybrid threats, space, disruptive technologies , the impact of the environment and climate change on security, the fight against disinformation and interference in internal affairs, as well as cooperation in the areas of defense planning.
Von der Leyen’s statement also comes in the wake of explosions at Nord Stream pipelines under the Baltic Sea on September 26. The European Union believes the gas link was sabotaged, while Russia says it was an act of terror, with an ongoing international investigation. Moscow has since indicated it believes the US, UK, Poland and Ukraine were likely involved in the attack.