U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday issued an ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year's end otherwise the Trump administration will "moderate its commitment". This was reported by FoxNews.
The request was met with understanding by his colleagues, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
“And this signal reflects the political reality in the United States. I saw it myself at various meetings with politicians - representatives of both parties. And it was emphasized how important it is to distribute and balance collective responsibilities within NATO more fairly,” Stoltenberg said at the press conference in Brussels on Wednesday.
In his opinion Mattis’s speech was met with understanding by all Defense Ministers of the Alliance. They also have firmly confirmed the readiness to increase the expenses on defense.
“It’s not a favor to the USA, but they consider it’s in the best interest of Europe and Canada to spend more on defense purposes,” the Alliance head said.
Earlier it was reported that NATO supports territorial integrity of Ukraine. The Alliance stands for implementation of Minsk agreements to settle of a crisis in Donbas.