The new U.S. administration wants to help the European Union move troops and equipment more rapidly across Europe to deal with a potential conflict with Russia. […]
A European military source said that the United States, Canada and Norway, all NATO members outside the EU, had sent a request last week to participate in a European project dubbed “military Schengen” for the EU’s border-free zone.
It is one of 46 “permanent structured cooperation” (PESCO) projects aimed at deepening military cooperation within the European Union. Countries outside the bloc have been allowed to join these projects since November 2020.
Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Campbell confirmed the U.S. request on Tuesday, adding Washington was also considering cooperation in other PESCO projects.
“U.S. participation provides added value to the project given U.S. expertise in force and material movements across Europe and can lead to an increase of unhindered movement of military personnel and assets within European borders,” he said. Läs artikel