German defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
One of Germany's priorities during the EU Council presidency will be to analyze military and hybrid threats, in particular from Russia. This was stated by German defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, speaking at a meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on security and defense of the European Parliament on Tuesday, July 14.
According to her, in the very question of how to perceive the Russian Federation, within the EU, you can find a very different perception of the threats posed by Russia. Kramp-Karrenbauer has already discussed this with colleagues from the Nordic and Baltic countries, and will also raise this issue during a trip this week to the Visegrad four countries.
"We will discuss how we perceive Russia not only in the light of the new military potential being developed by Russia,... but also in the issue of Russia's behavior," the Minister said. According to her, Moscow's behavior will be analyzed not only in Libya or Syria but also in Ukraine, "where there is still fighting and where the situation persists, when the borders of Europe were changed by military force for the first time after the Second world war."
The EU will analyze both conventional and nuclear military threats, as well as hybrid threats. The Russians will be the only topic of discussion, but Kramp-Karrenbauer spoke primarily about it during her speech in the European Parliament. The analysis will be carried out by the EU Intelligence and situation center (EU INTCEN), but the EU Member States and their intelligence agencies will provide their proposals and data for analysis.
The Minister hopes that the threat analysis will be completed before the end of the German presidency of the EU Council, that is, before the end of 2020. Based on the General analysis, the Association will develop a "strategic compass". This is a new tool for defense policy, in which " individual approaches that we already have today will be combined into one true strategy," Kramp-Karrenbauer said. She expects that the "strategic compass" will be ready in 2022.