Sept 16 (Reuters) – The European Parliament referred to as on Thursday for the 27-nation bloc to strengthen its defence cooperation and funding to change into extra unbiased of the US after the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“The EU should put money into navy consciousness, surveillance and reconnaissance, intelligence and strategic airlift,” in keeping with a decision authorised in Strasbourg.
The parliament voted 536 in favour, 96 towards and with 50 abstentions.
The non-binding decision famous the shortcoming of European forces to safe an airport resembling Kabul for evacuations with out U.S. help.
The parliament additionally criticised the U.S. planning of a drawdown from Afghanistan that EU lawmakers mentioned was unilateral and with out adequate coordination with NATO allies, a lot of that are EU members.
The decision labelled the chaotic withdrawal a collective failure of Western international and safety coverage that, within the short-term, damages the credibility of the West.
The dependency on Washington for evacuations from Afghanistan has triggered recent discussions within the European Union in regards to the institution of a fast response pressure.
EU efforts to create such a pressure have been paralysed for greater than a decade regardless of the creation in 2007 of a system of “battlegroups” of 1,500 troops which have by no means been used as a consequence of disputes over funding and a reluctance to deploy them. read more
Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Modifying by Hugh Lawson
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