On Thursday Berlin hosted a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers and a separate meeting of EU Defense Ministers. On the margins the 7th meeting of the Framework Nations Concept was also attended by the ministers from the 21 states participating in the initiative.
EU Foreign Ministers met in Berlin on Thursday, where among other issues, they discussed the geo-political impact of the coronavirus and recent tensions between Greece and Turkey over gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.
"All member states expressed their solidarity with Greece and Cyprus, while striving to resolve the existing tensions, at the same time we have not lost sight of the fact that Turkey is an important partner in NATO and candidate for EU membership, and we will definitely try to find a solution that will be acceptable to all sides," Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said after the meeting.
Meanwhile, EU Defense Ministers were also in Berlin, where they held an informal meeting. Simultaneously, the 7th meeting of Defense Ministers from countries participating in the Framework Nations Concept, initiated by Germany at a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers in 2013, was also held. The focus of discussion was on defense policy and the coronavirus. Representing Croatia at both meetings was Croatian Defense Minister Mario Banožić.
"Yesterday and today were an opportunity for me to talk with my fellow ministers from EU member states, as well as NATO representatives with regard to the impact COVID-19 has had on the EU's security and defense policy, the effect of our activities to date, but also future plans, in what way EU countries will position themselves with regard to defense policy and the effect COVID-19 has had on the budgets of EU member states," Minister Banožić said.
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