The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union vowed Thursday to deepen cooperation on threats that go beyond traditional warfare.
The organizations, which have dozens of overlapping members, agreed to intensify their joint efforts against “hybrid warfare,” which includes techniques such as propaganda and covert operations of the kind NATO says Moscow deployed in Ukraine.
“We will ensure the strategies we are developing are complementary, so that we work together quickly and effectively in the case of hybrid threat against any of our members,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Turkey’s Mediterranean province of Antalya.
The EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, attended the final day of the meeting, briefing alliance members on the Ukraine conflict, as well as terrorism threats and the bloc’s efforts to fight human trafficking from Libya.
“We are obviously different in nature and in approach to crises, but we share for sure values and concerns at these times of crises,” she said.
Ms. Mogherini is seeking a United Nations Security Council resolution to shut off smuggling routes from Africa.
Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed the effort, but underlined that “this is mainly about migration, which is an EU operation.” Still, he said the alliance was already exchanging information and discussing immigration with the EU, and would seriously consider and assess other requests.
Brussels had not yet asked the military alliance for help, Mr. Stoltenberg said, declining to elaborate.