Croatia doesn't want to speculate if France will request assistance

The European Union member states have unanimously supported France's request to activate the EU Treaty's mutual defence clause, and Croatia does not want to speculate whether Paris will seek assistance from Zagreb, Deputy Defence Minister Visnja Tafra said on Tuesday.

"It would not be advisable today to speculate on the form of assistance France might request from Croatia. Let's leave this decision to France," Tafra told reporters after a meeting of EU defence ministers in Brussels.

At the meeting, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian formally asked for the activation of Article 42.7 of the EU Treaty, which provides for mutual defence and assistance if requested by a member state under attack.

This article has never been activated before.

The member states' support to the French request will serve as the basis for bilateral talks between France and the member states to see what each of them can offer France.

Tafra explained that possible assistance to France would not be provided as part of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy but bilaterally. "Let's wait to see if France approaches us for help in the coming days," she said.

Last update: Tue, 17/11/2015 - 17:02

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