NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on the German government to substantially increase defense spending. Stoltenberg said this in an interview with a German newspaper, reports DW.
So, according to Stoltenberg, Germany, just like the rest of the NATO member countries, has pledged to spend at least 2 percent of the gross domestic product on defense.
"And the current level the German defense budget is still far from this indicator," the NATO Secretary General said.
In this regard, Stoltenberg criticized the promise of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to increase spending on defense purposes to 1.5 percent of GDP until 2024.
"1.5 percent is not two percent," Stoltenberg stressed and pointed to the fact that Germany has a significant economic weight and "plays an extremely important role," so he proceeds from the premise that Berlin will continue to try to reach the level of defense expenditure in 2% of GDP.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her video blog called the annexation of Crimea and the war in the east of Ukraine a reason for Germany to increase defense spending.
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.