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NATO Foreign Ministers meet in Brussels
06 Dec. 2016

NATO Foreign Ministers meet in Brussels

NATO Foreign Ministers start two days of talks in Brussels on Tuesday (6 December 2016), focused on NATO’s adaptation to today’s security challenges. In the day’s first meeting – attended by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini as well as Finland and Sweden – NATO ministers are expected to agree a set of 40 concrete proposals to boost cooperation between NATO and the EU, including on so-called ‘hybrid’ threats, boosting cyber defence and working together at sea.

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