U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office.

The European Union must spend more on defense and uphold accords on climate change and Iran's nuclear program, the bloc's foreign ministers said after mulling future ties with US President-elect Donald Trump, who has cast doubt on all three.

Trump criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for "not paying their fair share" and described the alliance as "obsolete" during his campaign for the GOP nomination.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, center, speaks with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, and Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Juhani Soini, left, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016.

"I see the need for the Europeans to strengthen their defense and security agenda and cooperation, regardless of the changes in the administration in the United States", she added, referring to President-elect Donald Trump.

Instead The split in Europe highlights the difficulties "European capitals face in coordinating a response to Mr Trump, who has questioned the USs commitments to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and free trade and hinted at seeking a rapprochement with Russian president Vladimir Putin" much to the amusement of famous euroskeptic Nigel Farage who was the first foreign political leader to meet with Donald Trump at the Trump Tower over the weekend.

But Reynders denied that it was an emergency meeting or that Europe is in disarray.

Fostering closer defense cooperation has long proved hard in the European Union but Germany and France now hope Trump's victory gives the plan renewed momentum. She said the European Union is leading a "constructive but also selective engagement" with Russian Federation. Some of those measures, including asset freezes on individuals and organizations, come up for renewal in January. Any signal from Trump about a warming of USA relations with Russian Federation is likely to embolden already-reluctant countries like Germany, Italy and others to push for an end to the sanctions regime.

The proper assembly, which will be attended by ministers from all 28 member states of Monday, is expected to discuss relations and defence cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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Two member states weren't at the dinner, France who is playing host to the new UN Secretary-General and Britain. "We need to enhance our capacity in defense and security". "This is no time to question the value of the partnership between Europe and the United States", Stoltenberg wrote in an article for The Observer newspaper.

Meanwhile, Britain distanced itself from the European meeting, suggesting it intends to take a different approach to Trump.

The EU's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, called the emergency meeting in Brussels after Trump's stunning victory Tuesday on stated policies that include questioning Washington's commitment to Europe, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.


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