Europe

NATO chief trumpets new 'momentum' with EU military ties

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center, during a round table meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation and trans-Atlantic ties. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center, during a round table meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation and trans-Atlantic ties. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, speaks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second left, during a round table meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation and trans-Atlantic ties. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, speaks with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second left, during a round table meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday will discuss closer EU-NATO cooperation and trans-Atlantic ties. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

NATO's chief says the alliance and the European Union are moving forward on deepening cooperation, as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump insists European allies start pulling their own military weight.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters before chairing talks between NATO foreign ministers Tuesday that "we have a momentum now."

He said NATO and the EU would endorse 40 proposals for boosting cooperation on cyber security and hybrid threats, operations at sea and helping neighboring countries better defend themselves.

Stoltenberg said "questions have been asked with respect to the strength of the trans-Atlantic bond" and that the best way to respond is to boost NATO-EU cooperation.

Trump lambasted Europeans during the U.S. campaign for not paying their fair share of defense budgets and wants NATO to do more against terrorism.