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Germany has rejected the appeal of Trump increase defense spending

on Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:00 pm
Germany has rejected the appeal of Trump increase defense spending

Calls US President Administration Donald Trump to Germany and other NATO member countries to increase defense spending is not supported by the German side.

As the Tsenzor.NET with reference to the BBC , Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that it would be unrealistic to expect that Germany will allocate 2% of their GDP on military spending.

It is necessary to take into account other costs (NATO - Ed.). - such as development assistance, he said.

At the same time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg supported calls for Americans.

"Diplomacy, development aid, economic cooperation can be essential for stability in the region", - he said at a news conference after the NATO summit in Brussels.

But other than that, Stoltenberg stressed, "we have an agreement of NATO countries about achieving 2% (of GDP allocated for defense -. Ed.).

" This is a different thing, - said the head of the alliance. - The question is not so - either development or security. We need both development and security ".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Brussels that the next summit NATO (which will be held in the same place less than two months) it is necessary to develop clear plans showing how each member country of the alliance intends to comply with its own commitments on defense spending.

"as made clear the president of Trump, the US is no longer acceptable to carry on Statement cont proportionally larger share of NATO defense spending, "- he said.

As noted, according to the NATO report for 2016, only five countries-members of the alliance for defense spending goals required 2% of GDP -. United States, Great Britain, Greece, Poland and Estonia share in Germany of 1.2%.

However, the latest figures of the Organization for economic cooperation and development, based on the gross national income (GNI), say that Germany spent in 2015 relatively larger than the United States, for international assistance to needy countries - 0.52% of GNI compared to 0.17% of the United States.

Earlier, Trump tweeted that "Germany needs a huge amount of money, NATO and the United States, and have to pay more for a powerful and extremely expensive defense system that the United States provides in Germany." , Original in Ukrainian / на українській мові
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