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NATO shuns European Union meetings… under the Cypriot presidency?

(BRUSSELS2) Invited to the meeting of Defense political directors in Nicosia this week, NATO did not respond. To tell the truth, she didn't say she wouldn't come; she simply observed total silence. Probably an address error...

However… A NATO official is always present at European Union working meetings. It is also a practical way that the heads of the two organizations (AF Rasmussen and C. Ashton) have found to strengthen the links between the two organizations. At the last meetings, it was the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Hüseyin Diriöz (Turkish nationality), who came.

Is it because the meeting took place under the Cypriot presidency and in Nicosia that the Atlantic Alliance did not want to respond to the invitation? There's a good chance. Turkey had announced that it would boycott EU meetings during the Cypriot presidency. This boycott now seems to extend to relations between the two organizations. This is not a very good sign or very serious either…


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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