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Dutch DefMin: Europe is considerably less secure than in the past; we must act as one

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Europe is at present "considerably less secure than in the past," and the countries which are part of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance must act "as one" and of a flexible manner, with a focus on deterrence, Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on Thursday.

She participated in the Bucharest Forum debates, where she delivered a short opening speech to a debate on defending NATO's eastern flank.

"From my perspective, at present, Europe is considerably less secure than in the past. In particular, Russia's aggressive reactions and opening to force use for political purposes have contributed to the deterioration of European security," she said.

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said that the NATO member countries must respond "as one."

"As allies, we must deal with the challenges in respect to security as one. NATO must respond to threats in a 360 degree system," she added.

Moreover, the Dutch Defence Minister underscored the importance of the deterrence actions which the Alliance must conduct.

"The current security environment will not change soon, so we must focus our energy towards deterrence actions. At the same time, we should keep the communication channels with Russia open, in order to avoid stupid accidents and misunderstood speeches," she also said.

She mentioned that "deterrence actions" mean the Alliance's opening "to dealing with all kinds of threats. " "The Alliance must be as flexible as possible. Therefore, under no circumstance should we go back to the defence style of the Cold War," she also showed.

NATO's challenges are Russia's deterrence, but also the fragile states "producing migrant flows."

"The persistent presence in certain areas is essential and proves unity," she underscored and mentioned "a constant and robust force rotation."

Moreover, she brought to mind the need for a maritime presence on the Black Sea. "The uncomfortable truth is that no nation can isolate itself from such problems and we must face them," Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert maintained.

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