Europe and Canada plan to boost defence spending by 4.3 percent

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 30.6.2017 12:54

Defence spending of NATO's European members and Canada will rise by 4.3 percent in 2017, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated on 28 June.

According to Stoltenberg, the fastest growth since 2014, when a 10-year-long period of cuts ended, represents NATO's way of showing Washington that the US have reliable allies. Although US President Donald Trump was reluctant towards NATO's mutual defence during his election campaign and at the beginning of his presidency and has criticised European allies for not spending enough on their own defence, this month he publicly committed to the mutual defence agreement. Moreover, the US House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously this week to reaffirm the alliance's guarantee of the agreement, ut also supports the call for every NATO member to spend at least 2 percent of its GDP. Stoltenberg stressed that Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 had bigger impact on the spending than the US stance, as the military expenditures already started to increase in 2015. Higher spending, some $280 billion this year, would be used on more military exercises, training, equipment and faster deployment of troops, as well to pay salaries and pensions.

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