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Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus: Threats to Europe’s eastern and southern borders continue


Today in Antalya, NATO foreign ministers and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Frederica Morgherini discussed the activities of the two organizations against the threats coming from the east and south. Cooperation between organizations is key, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said when opening the meeting.

According to Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, the dangerous trend at Europe’s eastern and southern borders is the continued growth of political instability, which is affecting security in the broader context. “Decreasing predictability characterises what is happening at the borders of Europe. We, along with our NATO and European Union partners must realise that the problems in our neighbourhood are strategic and lasting,” Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus said following the meeting.

Due to internal political instability, the amount of illegal immigration in the Mediterranean has increased significantly in recent years. In the hopes of preventing this, the European Union will discuss launching a possible security mission on May 18 at a joint session of Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council.

“The threats accompanying the spread of illegal immigration and terrorism are serious. Threats from the south are different from threats from the east.  Solving these problems requires a variety of measures, but the activities of NATO and the European Union must be in accordance with each other,” Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus stressed.



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