Defense Secretary Mattis Joins NATO, EU Officials at Summit in Brussels

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UPDATED 7:12 AM PT — Fri. June 8, 2018

Defense Secretary James Mattis is in Brussels for the second day of the NATO summit.

NATO defense ministers met Friday to discuss collaborating more with the EU to send more military personnel and equipment to Europe.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attends a bilateral meeting with Vietnam’s Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue, an annual defense and security forum in Asia, in Singapore, Friday, June 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)

The summit comes after the EU released an action plan to prepare for border delays and other transportation issues in the case of a conflict with Russia.

In the past, NATO has complained of conflicting regulations in the EU nations, including few allowances for the transfer and deployment of U.S. troops.

The EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini expressed the importance of NATO’s cooperation with the EU.

“A stronger European defense is relevant, more than relevant, is fundamental for NATO, and this is why our cooperation is increasing so much,” she stated. “At the same time we are increasing our European Union work on defence.”

NATO’s secretary general said. a cooperation declaration will be signed with the EU next month at a summit for NATO leaders.

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