The US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said in talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who arrived on a visit, about the need for NATO member countries to continue to increase defense spending.
D. Trump noted that although the allocations of NATO members have increased significantly, he demands that this amount be brought to 2 percent GDP.
In a statement released by the White House, it is said that Trump and Stoltenberg assessed progress in the allocation of contributions and said that member States will increase defense spending by at least $ 100 billion by the end of 2020. In addition, they discussed NATO’s fight against terrorism, countering Russia’s “enemy actions” and taking measures to ensure security in the energy sector and key infrastructure.
At the NATO summit in Wales in September 2014, the goal was set to increase the defense spending of NATO member countries to 2 per cent. GDP. According to recently published NATO statistics, there are only seven states that have achieved it to date. The United States has repeatedly put pressure on allies, recalling the need to comply with payment obligations.