Defence spending in European NATO countries ‘more than expected’ increased
The European NATO countries and Canada have last year, 3.8 percent more spent on defence. That equates to almost 10 billion euro and is significantly more than expected, said secretary-general Jens) Tuesday.
“An important step, but there is still a long way to go. It is not enough. We need to respond to an become more dangerous world,’ said the NATO chief.
The new American secretary of defense James Mattis met his counterparts Wednesday and Thursday at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He will insist that the European countries more on defense spending and the military costs more equitably be divided.
The NATO countries have agreed in 2024 2 percent of their national product to defence, but only a handful of the 28 member states do that now. The netherlands is considerably below the European NATO average of 1,43%.
Mattis, Wednesday will ask what concrete plans are there for the defence budgets should be increased. But he will be given the enormous sums of money have to accept that many countries will be 2 percent won’t get, say stakeholders. ) Is confident that the close relationship between the US and Europe is reaffirmed. “We stand together.’
General Mattis, who has a long military career behind him and also a high post in NATO has held, spoke last month after his swearing in of his “unwavering’ support for the NATO. Mattis state at NATO is known as a highly skilled leader with great intellectual content and a good reputation, according to sources within the alliance.
Prime minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom promised in January in Washington still to president Donald Trump, is that they are sure will bet that the European NATO countries themselves to the 2 percentage rule had been conceived in love and would Trump 100 percent behind NATO.
The alliance is located at Trump has come under heavy fire because of the costs.