The Secretary General welcomed NATO-EU cooperation on the resilience of critical infrastructure and today’s release of the NATO-EU Task Force assessment report. He thanked the European Commission and the European External Action Service for the joint work with NATO on the report, which suggests concrete ways to further develop ties – including through more information exchanges; work to identify alternate transport routes for civilian and military mobility; and closer ties in security research.
The Secretary General also underscored the shared focus of NATO and the EU on the situation in Kosovo. He stressed that the NATO-led KFOR mission continues to implement its UN mandate impartially. He called on Belgrade and Pristina to avoid escalation and return to the EU-facilitated dialogue.