NATO member states increase defence spending because of Putin, not Trump

Source : 112 Ukraine

This year, the Europen NATO allies will spend around $60 billion on defence sector
11:44, 14 August 2018


The US President Donald Trump stated that thanks to him, NATO member states increased the defence spending, but actually it is because of his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin, as Bloomberg reports.

“Countries on NATO’s eastern border do not need Donald Trump to boost defense spending. They decided this long before he came to power. The spending boost was because of a president, but it was Vladimir Putin, not the U.S. President,” Tomas Valasek, the Director of Carnegie Europe, said.

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Last month, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, thanked Trump for “clearly having an impact” on defense spending by the allies.

The US President in his turn has often called for increasing the defence spending of NATO member states and stated that his demands added $41 billion to the European and Canadian defence spending.  

Yet, it was stressed that the jump “in acquisitions behind the former Iron Curtain of aircraft, ships and armored vehicles began when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine”.

Related: NATO to build airbase in Balkans

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