German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her video blog called the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the war in the East of Ukraine a reason for Germany to increase defense spending. This is reported by DW.
"The challenges that NATO faces have radically changed in recent years," Merkel said. According to her, after the annexation of Crimea by Russia and Moscow's support of separatists in the east of Ukraine, it is important for NATO to "focus on protecting the Alliance".
Warum brauchen wir die @NATO? Kanzlerin #Merkel im Podcast zur Bedeutung der NATO als Garant unserer Sicherheit. Nächste Woche reist sie zum NATO-Rat nach Brüssel. @GermanyNATO #NATOSummit pic.twitter.com/HmLMr3rJcI
"For this, it is necessary to carry out certain activities, for example, by being present in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe," Merkel said.
She added that she wants to have "responsible relations with Russia" and therefore Germany "will continue to negotiate in the Russia-NATO Council."
In her speech, Merkel confirmed Germany's commitment to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP (now it is 1.24%).
We recall, Recently, Donald Trump criticized Germany for the low level of defense spending (in 2017, it was 1.24% of GDP, and in the previous year - 1.20%). At the NATO summit in Wales, NATO countries signed the obligation to spend 2% of GDP on defense, gradually raise military budgets. To achieve this goal, a period of 10 years has been set.
Warum brauchen wir die @NATO? Kanzlerin #Merkel im Podcast zur Bedeutung der NATO als Garant unserer Sicherheit. Nächste Woche reist sie zum NATO-Rat nach Brüssel. @GermanyNATO #NATOSummit pic.twitter.com/HmLMr3rJcI— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) July 7, 2018