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Denmark to increase military spending due to Russian aggression
21:38, 13 January 2017
Denmark to increase military spending due to Russian aggression

Missile systems in Kaliningrad region can reach Copenhagen

21:38, 13 January 2017

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Denmark plans to increase military spending in connection with the placement of Russian anti-missile systems in the Kaliningrad region, which is perceived by the Danish government as a potential threat. This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Defence Claus Hjort Frederiksen in an interview to Berlingske publication, "Interfax-Ukraine" reported.

"We can see how Russians are deploying new missiles in Kaliningrad, which could reach Copenhagen. Of course it is a serious risk," minister said.

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At the same time, he said that despite calls from NATO partners, Denmark can not increase military spending to an amount equivalent to 2% of GDP.

"We are experiencing tremendous pressure from both the Obama administration and, as we understand from the future president of Trump administration (demanding) to increase costs by up to 2%," the minister claimed.

In December, the Danish Government has proposed to send 200 troops to Estonia in terms of NATO mission.

Related: Baltic maneuvers: Why Russia militarizes Kaliningrad?

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